The Ontario Provincial Police are renewing calls for information in the case of a missing person found deceased near Deep River nearly 18 years ago.
OPP recently posted details of the case on their website, OPP News.
According to the police report, a male body was found at a rest area of a remote cross-country ski trail near Deep River on September 5, 2001.
“The male was found on a bench in an outhouse. There was no trauma to the body and the cause of death could not be determined. The male was well-tanned and it appeared that his face had recently been sunburned.”
Police say a local resident found the male after he was estimated to have been dead for two or three days.
“OPP searched local area by vehicle and helicopter to try to locate an abandoned vehicle in the area. No vehicle was found.”
Police say an extensive canvass of local establishments was conducted to see if anyone recognized the male, but the man’s identity remains unknown.
The man is described as between 28 – 40 years-old, 5′ 4′ with a slim build, with no tattoos or scars. He was well-tanned, Caucasian, with blue eyes and brown hair.
At the time he was found, he was wearing black, Replay running shoes (size small), blue Pepe jeans and a dark-blue long-sleeved shirt.
Items located with the male include:
- Knapsack – Eagle Creek Travel Brand
- Hiking items such as a candle, lantern, mini-mag flashlight, water container and matches
- Levi’s pocket watch, with a blue face, located in the knapsack
- Luggage tag sticker from a Costa Rican domestic airline
- Plastic laundry bag from Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto
- Matches from Sheraton Hotel, W Hotels (American chain) and Barclay Hotel in Vancouver
- Protein bars from a GNC store, likely from United States
- Silver ring with aqua-coloured stone – right little finger
- Koh Sakai glasses
The OPP Missing Persons and Unidentified Bodies (MPUB) and Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) are appealing for help.
Anyone with information after all this time is urged to call the OPP with any tips at 1-877-934-6363 or 1-705-330-4144.
Calls may also be made to Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 or email: email@example.com