Police asking for help identifying decomposed remains found in river


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. — Police are asking for help identifying a man whose decomposed remains were found in the waters of the Niagara River five years ago.

Niagara regional police say the body was found and brought to shore on July 21, 2013, but was so badly decomposed that investigators could not initially say whether the remains belonged to a man or a woman.

They say even an autopsy wasn’t enough to determine the person’s age or gender.

Investigators say the Centre of Forensic Sciences determined the remains were in the water for more than a year — possibly as long as two to three years.

They say scientists found the remains belong to a black man between the ages of 40 and 60.

Police have released an approximation of what the man may have looked like, and are asking anyone with information to come forward.


The Canadian Press