Virginia’s 20-year-old ‘Grateful Doe’ mystery may soon be solved

Posted at 4:24 PM, Jan 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-17 06:35:44-05

Greensvill County, Va. – A dead teen known for decades only as ‘Grateful Doe’ may finally be identified nearly 20 years after he was killed in a crash on a Virginia highway.

The unclaimed and unidentified body was given the name because the he was wearing a Grateful Dead t-shirt and carrying Grateful Dead concert ticket stubs in his pocket at the time of the fatal crash on Route 58 in Emporia.

The Virginia Medical Examiner released an image of what “Grateful Doe”might have looked like before he died in June 1995.

He also had a note on him addressed to “Jason.”

Over the summer, the Virginia Medical Examiner re-released an image of what “Grateful Doe”might have looked like before he died in June 1995. Two years ago, Internet users investigating the case on their own created a Grateful Doe Facebook page.

This week, a woman in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina filed a missing person’s report for her son, named Jason Callahan.  The mother said she had not heard from her son since 1995, according to a report on

DNA tests have been ordered in an effort to confirm whether or not the woman is in fact the mother of the teen.

“I am just waiting for everything to be put together to see if it is my son, to see if it is a positive match,” the mother, who asked not to be identified, told WPDE TV in Myrtle Beach.