Virtual sleuths wanted


2020-06-08 08:10 PDT

Skull Image with Police Officer

The Richmond RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the remains of two males discovered in Richmond in the early 2000s.

Case #1 (Police File # 2008-17356 / Coroner File # 2008-0278-0587)
The remains of a male discovered on June 8, 2008 floating in the Fraser River near the eastern end of Dyke Road. The remains involve those of an Indigenous male, of medium build, between the ages of 45 and 55 at the time of his death. 
Photo Police File # 2008-17356 / Coroner File # 2008-0278-0587 

Case #2 (Police File # 2004-26596 / Coroner File # 2004-0255-0676)
The remains of a male discovered on July 8, 2004 on the shores of the Fraser River. The remains involve those of a Caucasian male, between the ages of 30 and 50 at the time of death. It is estimated that he may have died in 2003 or early 2004.
Photo Police File # 2004-26596 / Coroner File # 2004-0255-0676

Other information on both of these cases can be found on the BC Coroners Service’s Unidentified Human Remains Viewer

Both of the skulls were recreated using 3D printing by technicians from the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada. They were then transported to the New York Academy of the Arts. Facial reconstruction was done by students studying forensic sculpture in hope that the images could generate new tips and information. And possibly bring closure to the families involved.
Anyone with information on these incidents is urged to contact either the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 or the BC Coroners Service’s Special Investigations Unit at 1 877 660-5077 or by email at

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)

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Released by

Cpl. Dennis Hwang

Media Relations Officer
Richmond RCMP
11411 No. 5 Road, Richmond, BC V7A 4E8
Office: 604-207-5189


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