A listing of unidentified persons found in the province of Ontario.


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30 Jun 2006, 03:09 #1

CASE #: 20060250
DATE Found: 7/10/1988
AGE (Estimated): 30-50
RACE: Caucasian
HEIGHT: 175 to 175 cm : 5 ft 8 to 5 ft 9 in
WEIGHT: 60 to kg : 132 to lbs
SUMMARY: The remains of this adult male were located at the Otonabee River, near Peterborough, Ontario.
LOCATION Found: Peterborough, Ontario
POLICE SERVICE: Peterborough Lakefield Police Service

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20 Aug 2008, 01:51 #2


Case : ON-UM-1988-07-00076

Gender : Male
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Date Of Discovery : 10 July 1988
Location Of Discovery : Peterborough, Ontario
Race : Caucasian
Age : 30 - 50
Height (estimate) : Unknown
Weight (estimate) : Unknown
Hair Colour : Brown
Eye Colour : Unknown

Dental Information : Dental health - poor
Medical Information : Unknown
Notable Identifiers : Facial hair - beard

Clothing/Jewelry : Unknown
Other Personal Items : Unknown
Additional Information : The remains of this unidentified man were located at the Otonabee River, near Peterborough.

Contact : Peterborough Lakefield Police Service


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Last Modified : 2008-05-27

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11 Jul 2014, 12:33 #4


Investigators hope to solve Peterborough, Ont., skull mystery, 26 years later
Decades-old skull mystery remains unsolved
Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 9:39 am

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. - Police will be giving an update this week on an investigation into the discovery of a man's skull, exactly 26 years after it was found in a Peterborough river.

A group of recreational scuba divers searching for old glass bottles in the Otonabee River on July 10, 1988, came across a skull jammed beneath a log.

Police investigated, but to this day, the rest of the body has never been found.

A news conference is to be held Thursday in Peterborough and police say forensic experts will be unveiling facial approximations of the man whose skull was recovered.

Police are hoping the new approximations will help identify the man or provide new investigative leads into his death.

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11 Jul 2014, 12:36 #5


New bid to ID slain man after head found 26 years ago
Severed head found in the Otonabee River, but the rest of the body was never found
CBC News
Posted:Jul 10, 2014 7:04 PM ET
Last Updated:Jul 10, 2014 7:13 PM ET

Twenty-six years ago, a group of recreational divers made a gruesome discovery in the Otonabee River in Peterborough, Ont.

On July 10, 1988, they found the severed head of an adult male that had been wedged between a rock and a log.

Police never managed to identify the deceased. And they also never found the rest of his remains.

What they knew for sure was that the unknown man was the victim of a homicide.

"His head has been removed from his body…with the use of a sharp tool and it's not a boat propeller or anything in the post-mortem environment," said Dr. Kathy Gruspier, a forensic anthropologist, in an interview with CBC News.

"It's obviously a knife, or something similar to that, that has been used to cut the head through the neck off the body."

Police are now hoping that the release of a new image on Thursday may help jog someone’s memory and thus help investigators find out who this person was.

It's a two-dimensional approximation that shows what the man may have looked like at the time of his death.

The unknown man is believed to have been between 40 and 74 years old.

"With only a skull, we can't get a very narrow age range," said Gruspier.

The deceased was likely a smoker and may have been bald, or partially bald, at the time that he was killed. He had also lost most of his molars prior to death.

If the man can be identified, then police will be able to begin the process of identifying the person or persons responsible for ending his life.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service at 705-876-1122, ext. 555, or to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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11 Jul 2014, 12:36 #6


15 hours ago
Who is the Otonabee River man? Police hope newly released sketches will solve the mystery
26 years after divers found a skull in the river, police vow to solve this case

PETERBOROUGH-- The ‘Otonabee River Man’s’ head was dismembered from his body with a sharp object.

“There are very definitive indications that a blade was used to dismember the head,” explains Dr. Kathy Gruspier, the forensic anthropologist with the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service.

“It has been looked at a number of times and determined that it is not a propeller or lock system, it was a deliberate dismemberment using a sharp object.”

The unidentified male’s head found in the Otonabee River on July 10, 1988 when members of a recreational dive club located it in the Otonabee River, near Lock and McKellar Street, about 130-feet from shore. Twenty-six years later, the Peterborough-Lakefield police released a two-dimensional rendering; a facial approximation of what this man may have looked like at time of death.

“Hopefully there is someone out there that may have just seen a photograph of a relative and recognize our man,” says City police detective Jeff Morgan.

If alive today, the man would be 65 years of age or older. The investigation has revealed some lower molars were missing and had been lost well prior to death. Staining on remaining teeth indicates that this man was a smoker. He may have been bald or partially bald at the time of death and his hair and beard may have been dark coloured.

At the time of the discovery, there were no outstanding missing men in the City of Peterborough, suggesting that the head may have been brought to the area from elsewhere.

“This guy could be from anywhere from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island,” adds Det. Morgan.

He says family members of missing people have come forward to see if the “Otonabee River Man’ was their loved one but DNA samples from family members have eliminated the possibility of a match.

“This case will remain open and we will continue to pursue new investigative leads until it is solved,” says Det. Morgan.

Dr. Gruspier says there was extensive decomposition of the head and it is estimated that it could have been in the river anywhere between a few weeks ago and 50 years.

“It is extremely difficult to estimate how long, so we are looking at anyone,” she says.

A DNA profile of the unknown man is on file with Ontario Forensic Pathology Service. The case is also on many missing people management systems, including the Canadian Police Information Centre, and violent crime data base. A total of 372 potential people have been eliminated throughout the investigation, and no other unidentified body parts have matched the “Otonabee River Man’s” DNA.

“Ultimately we are hoping these new drawings will be seen and someone out there recognizes the Otonabee River Man and they finally give us his name,” Det. Morgan says.

Police Chief Murray Rodd is also committed to solving this mystery.

"It might provide someone (the chance) to unburden themselves," he says. "It has happened in other homicides, and is not unusual that when people mature in age and want closure at the end of their life, so they start considering what has to transpired and know it was wrong and want to settle up."