Police appeal to public for help in identifying male remains found in the Niagara River in 2013


Niagara Police held a press conference this morning with more information regarding human remains found in the Niagara-on-the-Lake in 2013.

The remains were found in 2013 near Smuggler’s Cove Niagara River near a docking sit, and were so decomposed that the forensics unit and the coroner could not determine if it was a man or a woman.  It was also unclear how long the remains were in the water for, but it is believed to have been between 1-3 years.

The investigators looked at a number of missing persons cases in Canada and the U.S., but came up empty.

In September of 2013, with the assistance of scientists from the Centre of Forensic Scientists in Toronto, the DNA analysis determined that the deceased was a male.

The investigation was suspended because there was no leads, until November of 2013 when the coroner asked for the remains to be sent to the Ontario Forensic Pathology Services.

They conducted an analysis and found out the deceases was African with possibly some European, 40-60 years old and between 5’5″-5’11”. They could not tell the weight, but he may have been a tad overweight. His teeth discolouration suggested he was a smoker.

A 3D replica of the males face was made by an OPP Forensic Artist and police are appealing to the public to help identify this man.

Anyone with information is asked to call 905-688-4111 ext 9427.

The death is not be treated as suspicious at this time.


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