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Case File 1046UMAB

Reconstruction of Victim

Unidentified White Male

Vital Statistics

  • Estimated age: 28 years old
  • Approximate Height and Weight: 5'3-5'9"; 145-165 lbs.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Dark hair. Right-handed. Likely suffered an illness around the age of 5.
  • Dentals: Available. His dental records have been sent to more than 800 dentists across Canada, to no avail.
  • Clothing: Blue, Levis work shirt, with snap buttons; white t-shirt; blue jeans; grey wool socks; brown, imitation Wallabee shoes.
  • DNA: Available

Case History
The victim was located in a rural 1.8-metre-deep septic tank, about 1.6 kilometers from a house, in Tofield, Alberta on April 1, 1977. He was the victim of a vicious attack. An autopsy revealed he had been shot several times, burned with possibly a blowtorch and cigarettes, beaten and sexually mutilated. His body was then covered in limestone, likely in an attempt to get rid of his remains forever.
Police nicknamed him "Septic Tank Sam".
It is suspected that this man was a laborer and was likely not from Alberta. Possibly transient.
Police suspect the killer was familiar with the area or was from a farming background, given the use of the septic tank, which was located on a rural and isolated property.

If you have any information about this case please contact:
RCMP - Tofield Detachment
Sergeant Jim Warren
Or Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

You may remain anonymous when submitting information.

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Source Information:
Alberta Missing Persons
The Globe and Mail

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