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OPP trying to identify remains from 1980

The OPP are asking for the public’s help identifying remains that were discovered in 1980.

The OPP have announced they have partnered with the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service and the Office of the Chief Coroner to create a three dimensional model of human remains that were first discovered in Algonquin Park in 1980. The OPP say they hope the reconstruction will get the public, friends or co-workers from that time to come forward with any information that could help them identify the remains.

According to police the remains were originally discovered on April 19th, 1980 by a hiker using the Hardwood Lookout Trail near Whitney. The remains were found around 77 meters from trail marker number five and a search of the area turned up a size 11 Greb-brand boot, a wallet without identification, clothing, a black sleeping bag, a camp stove and an aluminum cooking pot. Then during a 1995 search of the area more remains were uncovered.

Forensic anthropological analysis suggests the individual was a white male between 18 and 29 years old with blonde hair between six and 11 inches long that he may have worn tied back in a ponytail. The deceased belt showed wear on the 32-inch hole. The cause of death is still unknown but information recovered from the scene and a stamp found in the wallet led analysts to determine the death occurred between July 1st 1971 and the spring of 1978.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the dedicated missing person hotline at 1-877-934-6363 or by email at opp.isb.resolve@opp.ca. For more photos of the reconstruction, and a map of where the remains were discovered, go to http://www.opp.ca/index.php?id=115&entryid=596f9a248f94ace4578cdee5.

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