Remains of man found in 1972 still not identified

47-year-old mystery

RCMP in Chilliwack are still trying to identify the remains of a man that was found 47 years ago.

In September 1972, Chilliwack RCMP received a report that the body of a man had been located on a sandbar in the Fraser River near McSween Road.

After completing a thorough investigation officers did not find evidence to support an act of criminality or the identity of the recovered remains.

The case went cold.

Then, in January 2020, during a unique partnership between the RCMP, BC Coroners Service, and New York Academy of Art, the faces of 15 Canadian unidentified human remains were reconstructed by students as part of a forensic sculpture workshop which included the man located in Chilliwack.

He is described as 18-35 years old, with brown hair, brown eyes and well looked after teeth.

“Chilliwack RCMP are reaching out to the public for assistance identifying the person depicted in the image,” Cpl. Mike Rail. “We are hoping to put a name to a face and provide an answer to a family after 47 years of missing a loved one.”

To view the reconstructed images of the 15 unidentified Canadians click here.

Anyone who believes they can provide information to identify this person is urged to contact their local police agency or, should to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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