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Cold Case: Penticton police looking for help to solve decades-old mystery

November 19, 2018 - 1:06 PM

PENTICTON - Penticton RCMP are hoping to reinvigorate cold cases by releasing information on a series of historical missing person and found remains investigations.

Over the next six weeks the detachment will be releasing details of past cases in an effort to generate new tips will be generated in unsolved cases that have "gone cold," according to an RCMP media release.

“The RCMP is committed to following up on investigations, no matter how old the files are, in the hopes of providing answers to families and justice for any wrong doing,” the acting commander of the Penticton RCMP General Investigative Section Cpl. James Rutledge says in the release.

The first cold case involves a hunter who came across human remains while walking 4.5 kilometres north of Chute Lake Road on Nov. 2, 1991.

Police and the B.C. Coroners Service attended and conducted a detailed search where they located some personal belongings, police say. The complete skeleton was not recovered as the remains were scattered about by animals.

RCMP say the investigation was able to determine the remains had been at the scene for up to five years prior to their discovery, possibly dating back to January 1986.

While no cause of death was pinpointed, a forensic pathologist and a forensic odontologist were able to determine the following about the human remains:

  • Male
  • Native or Caucasian
  • Thirty to 60 years old
  • Approximately 5'5" tall (plus or minus an inch and a half)
  • The person had no dental fillings, but did have several missing teeth

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the Penticton RCMP at 250-492-4300, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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