New evidence could lead to identifying a man who’s been unknown for 22 years
2020-02-18 10:58 PST
File # 1998-25600
View a high-resolution photo: Facial reconstruction
This facial reconstruction was completed by students at the New York Academy of Art. The jaw, nose and mouth of this man are very different from a composite sketch released in 1998.
View a high-resolution photo: Composite sketch released in 1998
Coquitlam RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are hoping that crucial new details provided by a facial reconstruction could be the key to identifying a man who was found dead 22 years ago.
The unidentified man’s body was discovered July 2, 1998, in a heavily-wooded area near the Port Coquitlam Cemetery in the 4100 block of Oxford Street.
A composite drawing was made in 1998, but it was complicated because the man had been dead between 2 and 10 years, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP.
The New York Academy of Art has used 3D printing and modern facial reconstruction techniques to generate what we hope is a more accurate representation. The jaw, nose and mouth of this man are very different from the sketch. We’re hoping the update will help trigger someone’s memory and get this man back to his family.
Some of the man’s confirmed details include:
- Age: Between 35 to 49-years-old when he died,
- Height: Between (5’6 to 5’10 (167 cm and 178 cm) tall,
- Ethnicity: Unknown,
- Bad teeth: A missing upper front tooth and generally bad tooth decay,
- A healed broken nose: It may have appeared slightly lopsided or crooked,
- Osgood Schlatter disease: A condition commonly developed in young people who play sports. It appeared as a bump on the shin below this man’s left knee.
Details from this investigation can be found on Canada’s Missing. Other information is available on the BC Coroners Service’s Unidentified Human Remains Viewer (case# 1998-0215-0092/98-63).
This cold case is among the 14 unidentified human remains investigations from British Columbia featured earlier this year in a collaborative partnership that involved the RCMP, the BC Coroners Service and students from the New York Academy of Art.
The BC Coroners Service provided the RCMP with skulls from 14 investigations dating back to 1972. The skulls were recreated with 3D printing by the National Research Council (NRC) and transported to the New York Academy of Art.
Anyone who has information that may help identify this man is asked to contact either the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number at 604-945-1550 or the BC Coroners Service’s Special Investigations Unit at 1-877-660-5077 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
BC Coroners Service,
Facial reconstruction page,
RCMP partners with New York Academy of Art to identify the lost,
BC Coroners Service’s Unidentified Human Remains Viewer.
Corporal Michael McLaughlin
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