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Buffalo Cave Remains Tentatively Identified : UPDATED

By November 15, 2019 No Comments

Remains found in Buffalo Cave in 1979 may soon return to family.

First, a torso was found by a family in the Idaho cave. In 1991, a young girl found a mummified hand.

A search of the area turned up both arms and legs, wrapped in burlap. No head was ever located.

Professors at the Idaho State University’s Anthropology Department have been trying to identify who it is for over 40 years.

With the help of DNA Doe, they may finally have their name back.

Their identity is not yet released, pending a second DNA test for confirmation.


The remains have been identified as Joseph Henry Loveless– a 45 year old who had been in jail for axing his wife to death. He had escaped jail by sawing way out.

Loveless was also known for being a counterfeiter and bootlegger.

They also discovered Loveless went by many aliases, including Walter Cairins, Curran, Currans, Cairns, Garron and Curnans, and Charles Smith.



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