On September 2nd 2010, West Nipissing Police was called to a wooded area along Lac Clair Road west of Sturgeon Falls in response to a report of found human remains. The investigation was initiated as a homicide and a team of officers was assembled. Assistance from the Ontario Provincial Police Forensic Identification Unit was obtained in processing the scene and dealing with the physical evidence. A post mortem examination of the body was conducted at the Centre of Forensic Sciences by Pathologist Toby Rose with Ms. Renee Kosalka as the consulting Anthropologist. The autopsy revealed no signs of trauma.
Examination of the evidence at the scene did not provide any means of identifying the deceased. The deceased was determined to be:
- Male between the ages of 35 and 55 years
- Healthy with a medium build
- Between 5’8” and 6’4” tall Short brown hair
- Slight overbite
- Plaque buildup on the teeth
- Little dental work done
- Pronounced nose
A fingerprint lift from the body was entered into a police database for comparison with no hits obtained. Bulletins and advisories were sent out through a number of resources. Over the next several years, missing persons investigations from Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and the United States were reviewed and compared to no avail. The case was added to the Ontario Missing Adult website and the OPP missing person website in August 2011. In October 2012, this case was added to the newly developed database hosted by the National Center for MissinPersons and Unidentified Remains. Tips and possible hits have been investigated but have not led to the identification of this deceased person.
In March of 2013, having exhausted available resources, the WNPS began the steps of obtaining the assistance of a facial reconstruction. In consultation with the Coroner’s Office and Center of Forensic Sciences, Detective Constable WAY was identified as a resource and requested to assist in this investigation. This was completed and presented to the public on January 26th 2005.
Anyone with information about this case should contact West Nipissing Police, their local police or Crime Stoppers. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.