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Viewer tip helps solve John Doe mystery

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The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office Coroner Unit announced Friday it had positively identified the remains of a man whose body was found in Paso Robles four years ago.

Phillip Max Ahoff, 67, was found dead in the Salinas Riverbed on January 12, 2012. His death was believed to be natural; however, investigators at the time were unable to determine his identity because of advanced decomposition. 

In December, viewer Pamela Coffey contacted the Coroner Unit after recognizing the description of Ahoff and circumstances surrounding his death in a KSBY News investigative report about unidentified remains on the Central Coast.

Although she knew the man as Phillip Bishop, investigators were able to positively identify the two men as one in the same through fingerprint records.

Officials say Ahoff's only know next-of-kin, a cousin, has been notified of his death.

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