Canadian police looking to identify remains of man found in Niagara River in 2013


The Niagara Regional Police Service in Canada is looking to identify a body that was pulled from the river near Niagara on the Lake nearly five years ago. 

The remains, pulled from the river in July 2013, were in an “advanced state of decomposition” and it was impossible to determine the person’s sex or possible age, a press release from the NRPS said. 

A DNA analysis was able to determine that the deceased was a male.

After exhausting their investigative techniques, the NRPS had the remains sent to the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service for an anthropological analysis. 

The analysis provided the following information about the deceased man: 

– the ancestry was estimated as African with possibly some European
– the age at death was estimated to be 40-60 years
– the living height was calculated to be between 5’5′ to 5’11”
– the advanced decomposition prevented an estimation of living weight
– the deceased was found to have dental fillings
– teeth discoloration suggested he was a smoker
– the deceased was believed to be in the water for at least one year, possibly 2-3 years

The analysis also allowed a facial approximation to be made. 

Anyone who can identify the deceased male is asked to contact Niagara Regional Police Detective Constable Sara Mummery at (905) 688-4111, Badge 9427. 

An anonymous tip may also be left by calling 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). 

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