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Case File 845UMON

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Reconstruction of Victim

Unidentified White Male

Vital Statistics

  • Estimated age: 29-70 years old
  • Approximate Height and Weight: 5' 8" - 5' 9" (175 cm); 132 lbs. (60 kg).
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Dark brown receding hair with beard. A slim face.
  • Skeletal Findings: There were also two small lesions from past traumas, likely representing two blows to the head on separate occasions.
  • Fingerprints: Not Available
  • Dentals: Available Poor dental health. There are a few small grooves on the surface of the teeth, possibly obtained from a habit like holding toothpicks or even nails in between the teeth.
  • DNA: Available at the Centre of Forensic Sciences

Case History
The victim was located at the Otonabee River, near Peterborough, Ontario on July 10, 1988.
Divers were doing some recreational diving in the Otonabee River at the foot of Lock Street, Peterborough looking for some antique bottles.
Near the middle of the river one of the divers located a human skull along with part of a human vertebra in approximately 12' of water. It had been lodged between a rock and a log.
The head was either separated from the body or chopped off. The rest of he body has never been found.
Given the current of the river, it's possible the skull could have been tossed from the Lansdowne Street Bridge, drifting downstream until it became snagged.
Authorities have never been able to tie the skull to a missing person.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Ontario Provincial Police
Missing Persons and Unidentified Bodies/Remains Unit
1-877-934-6363 - Toll Free in North America
705-330-4144 - Local or outside of North America
Crime Stoppers
1-800-222-TIPS (8477)
Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service
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Source Information:
Ontario Provincial Police - Missing Persons and Unidentified Bodies/Remains Unit
Lakefield Community Police Service

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