According to an article in the Washington Post the National Geographic Society may know what happened to Stephen Coltharp, planter, of the Jamestown fort. Below is an abstract from the article. A Colonial Murder Mystery By Hank Burchard Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, March 13, 1998; Page N63 The Association for Preservation of Virginia Antiquities Archaeologists excavating the rediscovered 1607 Jamestown fort come upon the remains of a handsome young man, teeth gleaming pearly white, that now lies under glass in Explorers Hall at National Geographic Society headquarters. His bullet-shattered right leg is still twisted in the angle of agony in which he bled to death. JR102C, as he's officially known, JR for short, is the focus of a fascinating exhibition on how researchers found the site of America's first permanent English settlement, long thought to have washed away into James River. The research team led by William Kelso has developed a theory of who JR was, and how and why he came to die. Most of the 104 men and boys who landed at Jamestown on May 12, 1607, died within the first year from disease, hunger, accident or warfare with the local Native Americans. But the healthy bone structure and perfect teeth of the mystery man, plus the fact that he was buried within the fort in a carefully crafted coffin, point toward a young gentleman named Stephen Calthorp, about 22, who's recorded as having died on August 15, just three months after the landing. The cause of death wasn't noted in reports to England Ð which is to say it may have been concealed. The archaeologists think it's very possible that Calthorp took part in Capt. John Smith's attempted mutiny against expedition commander Christopher Newport during a stopover for supplies in the Canary Islands on the voyage out. Smith, a commoner, was nearly executed, but there would have been kid-gloves handling of Calthorp, who was of gentle birth and may have had blood ties to Newport's colleague, Edward Maria Wingfield. The exhibit text says. "Stephen Calthorp may have been marked for assassination." It's believed that Calthorp was shot from below and behind, probably from within the fort as he stood guard on the parapet. That it was "friendly fire" is conclusive because the Indians at that point had not acquired firearms, and the load used was "buck and ball," the European standard. It's devastating close up, half a dozen scattershot were found embedded in his knee joint along with the bullet. He must have died within hours, for there was no attempt to remove the bullet or even splint his leg. A computer morphing program reconstructs Calthorp's face from skull measurements of the skeleton.