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John Doe found in Wisconsin grave in 1988 now identified

The Medical Examiner Patrice Hall, center, speaks during a press conference with retired Sheriff's Department detectives John Zielsdorf, left, and Larry LaPoint, right, on Wednesday in Kenosha The body of a John Doe homicide victim found in a shallow grave in southeastern Wisconsin more than 30 years ago now has been identified as Robert Lyle Schwartz. (Brian Passino/The Kenosha News via AP)

The Medical Examiner Patrice Hall, center, speaks during a press conference with retired Sheriff’s Department detectives John Zielsdorf, left, and Larry LaPoint, right, on Wednesday in Kenosha The body of a John Doe homicide victim found in a shallow grave in southeastern Wisconsin more than 30 years ago now has been identified as Robert Lyle Schwartz. (Brian Passino/The Kenosha News via AP)

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — The body of a John Doe homicide victim found in a shallow grave in southeastern Wisconsin more than 30 years ago now has a name.

Kenosha County authorities announced on Wednesday that the man has been identified as Robert Lyle Schwartz.

Schwartz was born in 1944. His body was found in a shallow grave in Pleasant Prairie by a highway-survey crew in 1988, but he was only recently identified, thanks to state-of-the-art fingerprint technology.

The Kenosha News reports authorities believe Schwartz flew to Chicago O’Hare International Airport and was strangled in one of the airport’s parking structures.

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth says Schwartz had a criminal past that included running a scam selling worthless shares of silver bullion.

Beth says a suspect in Schwartz’s death is now dead.

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