Can you identify five sets of remains of the Fort Myers Eight?

On March 23, 2007, eight skeletal remains were found in Fort Myers, Florida.  The remains were found in a wooded area off Arcadia Road by a land surveyor.

Through DNA three of the sets of skeletal remains were found to be Erick Kohler, John C. Blevens and Jonathan Tihay, leaving five sets of remains still unidentified.  Kohler was last seen in the 1100  block of Winston Street, in Port Charlotte, Florida on Sept. 28, 1995.  Blevins went missing in 1995 and Tihay, went missing from Ft. Myers in Oct. of 1995.

The authorities are reaching out to the public for help to identify the remaining five sets of skeletal remains that are still unidentified.  The police have stated that they believe the men were killed between 1987 and 2001 and they were all found within 50 yards of each others, states the Doe Network.

“A forensic examination of the remains indicated that all eight were men ranging from 18 to 49 years old. Seven of the eight men had first-rate dental care. One of the men was believed to have been homeless or had a rough life based on bone damage and poor dental care.”  – The Doe Network.

Reconstruction of the victim by Sharon Long

All but one of the victims had good teeth, and had obviously taken care of them. “That told me,” said Dr. Walsh-Haney told NBC news in 2007, “that they had the wherewithal, the finances, to seek out what can be very expensive dental work.”  There was also healed bone fractures on some of the skeletal remains.

In 2017, Dr. Walsh-Haney added there were signs the men had fallen on difficult times, reports WINK, “Most of them had healed fractures to their arms, their legs, their ribs, even their face…Something happened in their life history to have them change direction because that health status, their dental health, their skeletal health, was that of people who lived very hard.”

Individual one (A): White male in late 20s to early 40s between 5’2″ and 5’7″. During his lifetime he had injuries to both calves, ankles and forearms. He had healed fractures to his ribs and chest. He probably led a transient lifestyle before his death. He had large unfilled cavities, an abscess, old silver fillings and periodontal disease. He had three out of four wisdom teeth.

Individual two (B): White male between the ages of 20 and 39, between 5’6″ and 6’0″ tall. He had a well healed fracture to the right calf, specifically the fibula, as well as fractures to the nose and right collar-bone. He had no wisdom teeth and had two older type crowns. He also had orthodontics, including the extraction of four premolars.

Individual three (C): Identified as Jon James Tihay

Individual four (D): Identified as John Blevins

Individual five (E): Identified as Erik Kohler

Individual six (F): White male in his late 20s to early 40s between 5’5″ and 5’11″ tall and may have had back and hip pain. He had no silver fillings, two composite fillings in his posterior teeth of an old material. All four wisdom teeth are present.

Individual seven (G): White male possibly of Hispanic lineage in his 20s or 30s and was between 5’11″ and 6’ 3″. He had a fracture to his right wrist or forearm. He had current dental work and silver fillings on his posterior teeth. He has all four wisdom teeth.

Individual eight (H): White male in his 20s or 30s between 5’6″ and 6’0”. Muscle markings on the bones indicate he was an athlete or had a job involving heavy lifting. He had silver fillings and four wisdom teeth.

If you have any information, please call the Fort Myers Police Dept. at 344-4155.

 

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