Posted Dec. 9, 2015 by the Grateful Doe Facebook page:
“UPDATE: THE NEWS WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!!!! The dna results are back that our Greatful doe is infact Jason Callahan missing since 1995. Iv been sitting here for how long in shock both for the sadness of his family and the fact that here on Facebook we are making a difference. Because of everyone here this man will finally make his way home!!!”
Original story. This 2012 photo of a young man that died in a car crash in Virginia in June 1995, has been getting a lot of attention recently as someone has noticed the similarities between him and missing Jason Callahan originally noticed by a NAMUS volunteer “greymetal”.
Jason has not been heard from since 1995 and was thought to have gone off to follow the band The Grateful Dead.
On June 26, 1995, two men who died in a car crash were found in Emporia, Virg. The Volkswagon van had gone off the road and struck some trees. Both were ejected from the van.
In 2012, authorities reconstructed his face and released the photos as a John Doe, but later he was given the nickname Grateful Doe because he was wearing a Grateful Dead shirt and had Grateful Dead concert ticket stubs in his pocket. There also was a note in his pocket written to him and signed by Caroline.
|Jason Callahan and Grateful Doe|
There was also clues like a homemade tattoo of a five point star on his upper left arm. His left ear was pierced. He was between the ages of 16-25 and was 5’8″ tall and around 169 pounds with brown eyes and light brown or dirty blond hair that was dyed red.
His identity was a mystery, but he was not forgotten as volunteers tried to figure out who he was. Specifically, a volunteer known as greymetal shared a flyer on Imgur which subsequently went viral in the last week of 2014.
Two men recognized the photo as someone they knew as Jason that they were roommates with, but no one knew his last name at that point. The name also matched the name on a note found in Doe’s pocket in 1995.
Meanwhile, Jason who went missing back in 1995 from Myrtle Beach, was reported missing by his mom, Margaretta Evans on Jan. 2015. Yes, 2015. We have heard rumors that a friend of the mom insisted she file a report. Maybe that friend also suspected that Grateful Doe and Jason might be the same person.
Social media noticed that there were a lot of similarities between Grateful Doe and Jason and now that Jason had a last name, the authorities were able to go further with the case. DNA testing is being done.