August 1, 1813 Marshall, Evening Statesman newspaper: WIFE AND DAUGHTER LIVE IN COLDWATER; IDENTIFIED ARTICLES FOUND.MISSING FOR FOUR YEARS; BODY BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN THERE ALL THIS TIME. Reports have been in circulation today that the body of the man found in the huckleberry marsh on the Doolittle farm east of Tekonsha had been identified as a man formerly living in Coldwater. To corroborate the rumor, The Evening Statesman was in communication with Deputy Sheriff Shaffer in Coldwater this afternoon.Mr. Shaffer stated the remains was without question J.A. Dunham, who formerly lived in Coldwater, and that Mrs. Dunham and her daughter, who is about 20 years of age, had identified several of the articles found in the man's possession. Mrs. Dunham stated that Dr. Dunham had left Coldwater about four years ago to work in Battle Creek and that shortly after he went there he disappeared and no trace of him was ever found. The officers are of the opinion that the body has laid in this locality all this time, or nearly all the time.It is doubtful if there is anyone who knows how long.The only thing on which the officers base their claims is the condition of the clothes, which were nearly all decayed and scarcely anything left but the bone. Dunham may have attempted to go back to Coldwater, and in a fit of temporary insanity killed himslf.The inquest will be held in Tekonsha tomorrow afternoon at 1 o'clock.
August 5, 1913;Same Newspaper: The body of J.A. Dunham, found on the Doolittle farm in Tekonsha, has been identified beyond a doubt.At the inquest which was held at Tekonsha Saturday it was learned that a wheel had been found near the Doolittle farm by Ray Cook about the time that Dunham disappeared.Mr. Cook was brought before the jury and stated that he had advertised finding the wheel in the Marshall Evening Chronicle at the time of its discovery.The newspaper office was then called up and the ad was located in the files together with the date of insertion.This date compared favorably with the date of Dunham's disappearance.The bicycle pedal which was found with the remains by Carl Doolittle was then produced and it was found that it belonged to the wheel advertised.There was no trouble inidentifying the wheel as one that belonged to Dunham.This incident clears up the last vistage of doubt that was connected with the identity of the remains.