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Case File: 2438UMON

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Unidentified Male

  • Date of Discovery: July 10, 1988
  • Location of Discovery: Peterborough, Ontario
  • Estimated Date of Death: Unknown
  • State of Remains: Partial skeletal
  • Cause of Death: Homicide
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 30-49 years old
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: Unknown
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Hair Color: Brown, possibly balding.
  • Eye Color: Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Possibly wore a beard. Signs of arthritic changes to his temporomandibular joints which may have caused significant pain in his jaw. He was likely a smoker.
  • Dentals: Available. Dental health was poor. Most molars missing during life. Remaining molar is carious. Front teeth missing postmortem.
  • Fingerprints: Not available.
  • DNA: Available.
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: None located.
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • Additional Personal Items: Unknown
  • Case History

    Recreational divers found a severed head in the Otonabee River near Peterborough. Police conducted searches and no other body parts were found. The victim's head had been severed from his body with a sharp object. He was dubbed the Otonabee River Man.

    Investigating Agency(s)
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  • Agency Name: Peterborough Lakefield Community Police
  • Agency Contact Person: OPP MPUB
  • Agency Phone Number: 1-877-934-6363 or 1-705-330-4144
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  • Agency Case Number: LE: 000088497
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • Canada's Missing
  • Toronto Sun News Archive - July 11, 2014
  • CBC Cananda News Archive - July 10, 2014

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    Added: 10/24/14; Last Updated: 10/24/14 - By: DD / Unidentified Persons Coordinator

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