The OPP are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who’s remains were found near Montreal River Harbour, between Wawa and Sault Ste. Marie, in July 2017.
Prior to his death, the OPP believe the man was travelling along Highway 17, between Wawa and Sault Ste. Marie. With the assistance of the Office of the Chief Coroner and the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service, they have determined that the man was approximately 5’3″ to 5’8″ tall, and between 45 to 65 years old. They believe he was wearing a blue JanSport backpack, and may have been carrying an elongated cardboard box, which contained a rifle.
In addition, the man had a number of personal affects with him, including:
- a black San Diego Chargers baseball hat;
- an axe with a wooden handle and leather cover;
- a tent in a blue cover;
- blue jeans;
- a dark windbreaker jacket with the words “Direct Energy” embroidered on the front;
- a white collared shirt with blue vertical stripes;
- brown and beige shoes with white shoe laces;
- a pocket knife with a purple carabiner attached;
- top-rimmed eye glasses with black case;
- a small, red flashlight; and,
- an orange utility knife.
“Help us identify this man. You may have met him at some point in your life and can recognize the items in these photos. You could be the key,” said Inspector Tina Chalk, Counter Exploitation and Missing Persons Section, said in a release. “If this man sounds even vaguely familiar to you, please call us. No tip is too small – you could hold that information that can help us solve the mystery of this man’s identity and help the family understand what happened to their loved one.”
Any person with information regarding the disappearance of this man should immediately contact your local police service or the Ontario Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains at 1-877-934-6363 (9-FINDME) in Canada, at 705-330-4144 internationally, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.