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Case File: 1046UMAB

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Artistic rendering of the victim

Unidentified Male

  • Date of Discovery: April 13, 1977
  • Location of Discovery: Tofield, Alberta, Canada
  • Estimated Date of Death: Several months prior
  • State of Remains: Decomposing
  • Cause of Death: Homicide
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 26-40 years old
  • Race: Native, possibly White.
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 5'5" to 5'7" or 168cm
  • Weight: 145-165 lbs. or 70kg
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Medium build. Right-handed. He likely suffered an illness around the age of five.
  • Dentals: Available. He all of his teeth, some fillings, and noticeable recent dental work.
  • Fingerprints: Not available.
  • DNA: Available.
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Blue Levi work shirt with snap buttons, gray T-shirt, blue jeans, gray wool socks, brown imitation Wallabee shoes.
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • Additional Personal Items: Unknown
  • Case History

    Residents searching an abandoned 1.8-metre-deep septic tank to retrieve a pump discovered the victim's decomposing remains. The victim had been rolled up in a yellow bedsheet tied with nylon rope and thrown head-first into the septic tank.

    An autopsy revealed that he had been shot several times, burned with a blowtorch and cigarettes, beaten, and sexually mutilated. His body was then covered in limestone.

    Police suspect the killer(s) was familiar with the area given the rural location of the abandoned and derelict property.

    Based upon the victim's clothing, it is suspected that he was a farm laborer or construction worker and was likely not from Alberta. He was nicknamed "Septic Tank Sam" by investigators and laid to rest in an unmarked, pauper's grave in an Edmonton Cemetery.

    Investigating Agency(s)
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  • Agency Name: Chief Medical Examiner's Office
  • Agency Contact Person: N/A
  • Agency Phone Number: 780-427-4987 or toll-free within the province of Alberta at 310-0000

  • Agency Case Number: ME: 7690-77; LE: 77-001-38 / 2012502446
  • NCIC Case Number: N/A
  • NCMPUR Case Number: 2014001122
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains
  • Canadian Unsolved Crimes
  • The Globe and Mail News Archive
  • Edmonton Sun News Archive (September 3, 2007)
  • The Vancouver Sun News Archive (September 27, 1980)

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    Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 2/15/15 - By: DD / Unidentified Persons Coordinator

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