Georgia fingerprint identification card notes a male 5- ft., 10-inch white male, weighing 160 lbs. Two years later, the Alabama Forensics Department recorded details of an unidentified 5-ft., 8-in. white male, weighing 144 lbs. These are just a few of the factors that prove something is very wrong in Alabama and Georgia in this case.
While the fingerprints are noted in reports to have been placed in the system almost immediately (12/10/1998,) the ABI never received prints until December 16, almost a week after the body was found and five days after the tattoo was being investigated.
On final identification, 12/22/1998 Corporal John Garner writes that the GBI had also confirmed a tattoo on his left ankle "of a 'blue spinning sawblade,' which also matched the John Doe."
My son had a small tattoo on his ankle. A professional tattoo was acquired to cover up the old, makeshift one amateurs at school had attempted when he was younger. When he showed the new tattoo to me, I became very upset with him saying, "It's terrible. It looks like a sawblade." There would be an echo of my words years later with his disappearance by Baldwin County's Corporal John Garner, one of the main players in the investigation. The size of his ankle could not have accommodated a 6-inch diameter tattoo, as noted in forensics reports, without it wrapping his lower shin front and back.
The tattoo on my son's ankle was between two and three inches in diameter. While the tattoo story is convincing, being a graphics artist, more than a tattoo story would convince me of the truth. Fake tattoos are plentiful and can be purchased by design.