On January 12, 2015, a passerby discovered a partially skeletonized remains in a shed in the 17512 block of the Bothell Everett Highway. The remains are a black male, 50 – 65 years old, about 5’9” tall. He went by Jerry Diggs or Jerry Deggs and gave a date of birth of 12/31/1949. He told people that he was from the East Coast and had gotten a head injury when he was struck in the head as a bank guard during a bank robbery. He was wearing tan Banana Republic pants, wool socks, a “Rodda Paints” black turtleneck t-shirt and a tan plaid flannel Eddie Bauer long sleeve shirt. This is an artist’s rendition of the man’s appearance.
“Mill Creek Shed Man” was black, between 50 and 65 years old, and about 6-foot-1. He may have been dead for months or years before his body was discovered. His DNA was highly degraded.
We have finished a first round of autosomal SNP testing, but the DNA was too degraded; very few matches appeared on his list. We are unsure whether they are authentic matches or artifacts created by the genetic genealogy tools when applied to very degraded DNA.
The second round of sequencing has been completed and we are working with the improved results.