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Richmond RCMP seeking public’s help in old case

Richmond RCMP is asking for the public’s help in an old case.

On June 23, 1976, crew members on a boat found a man’s body floating in the south arm of the Fraser River near the No. 4 Road dyke.

Richmond RCMP responded and initiated an investigation to identify the deceased and to determine the cause of his death.

The male was described as:

light-skinned male of Aboriginal descent

blue eyes and gray hair

late 40’s to early 50’s

5′ 9″ tall

weighing between 170-200 pounds

He was wearing size 36 jeans, two pairs of green nylon and grey wool socks, and a single size 9 leather slip-on boot

Medical evidence suggested that he underwent spinal fusion surgery somewhere in North America, perhaps during the 1960’s.

An autopsy revealed that the male’s rear molars were missing, and the pathologist determined that cause of death was due to drowning with no indication of foul play.

Files relating to missing males around the time were cross-referenced but no matches were found.

Fingerprint and dental record matching have been unsuccessful.

This file remains open with the Richmond RCMP Serious Crime Unit.

Investigators are seeking the public’s help for any information that may assist us in identifying this male.

Any information or inquiries can be directed to Corporal Bob Basanti at the Richmond RCMP Serious Crime Unit at 604-278-1212.


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