Facial reconstruction prompts renewed public appeal for assistance

North Vancouver

2021-05-04 11:22 PDT

File # 1994-1219

More than a year ago, the RCMP and BC Coroners Service asked for the public’s assistance to identify an Asian male who was found deceased on Aug. 25, 1994 in North Vancouver’s Cates Park. A year has passed and no new information has come to light, and so police are renewing their appeal for information.

This cold case is one of 14 unidentified human remains investigations that was included in a project last year involving facial reconstruction that involved the RCMP, the BC Coroners Service and students from the New York Academy of Arts.

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It is estimated that the male rendered by this sculpture may have died several months prior to the discovery of his remains. Police are investigating this case as a suspicious death.

He is an adult male of medium build, between the ages of 25 and 40 and approximately 165 centimetres tall (5’5). The male had a healed fracture to his right wrist and may have had an old injury to the lower back. At the time of his death, he was wearing what appears to have been a blue tank shirt, green denim pants, a Casio black watch, a gold necklace and a brown tweed Le Chateau brand sports coat. Details from this case along with images can be found via Canada’s Missing web site.

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Recently, the BC Coroners Service provided the RCMP with skulls from 14 unidentified human remains investigations in B.C. dating back to 1972. The skulls were scanned in B.C. and then recreated with 3D printing in Ottawa before being transported to the New York Academy of the Arts. Facial reconstruction was done by students in New York, with the hope that, with the public’s assistance, they will soon be able to put names to these faces.

The BC Coroners Service fact-finding investigation hopes to determine how, where, when and by what means, this male came to his death.

Anyone with information that may help identify this individual is asked to contact either the North Vancouver RCMP at 604-985-1311, or the BC Coroners Service’s Special Investigations Unit at 1 877 660-5077 or by email at bccs.siu@gov.bc.ca.

Released by

Sgt. Peter DeVries

Media Relations Officer
North Vancouver RCMP
nvan.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
147 East 14th St, North Van., BC, V7L 2N4
Office: 604-969-7561
Cell: 604-363-5584
Fax: 604-969-7587

Email: peter.devries@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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