Canada DEEP RIVER JOHN DOE: WM, 28-40, found in wooded area near Deep River in the Laurentian Hills, ON, Canada - 5 Sep 2001 *IDENTIFIED*

The Doe Network:
Case File 334UMON
Left: Sketch of victim by Lynn Cedarstaff; Right: Profile of victim

Unidentified White Male
Discovered on September 5, 2001 near Deep River, Ontario, Canada.
There is no trauma to the body and cause of death has yet to be determined.
It appears the body had only been there for one or two days.

Vital Statistics
Estimated age: 28 – 40 years old
Approximate Height and Weight: 162 cm (5’4"); 59 kg (130 lbs.)
Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair; blue eyes. Glasses. Slim build. No tattoos or scars. Good physical health prior to death. Well tanned, sunburned face.
Dentals: Good dental hygiene.
Clothing: Pepe brand, faded blue jeans, button-fly, size 30 with black leather Calvin Klein belt; Fundamentals black t-shirt, size Medium; long sleeved, dark blue, cotton t-shirt; Replay Blue Jeans brand, black colored running shoes, small size, fairly worn; black cotton Jockey shorts; Triathalon socks; silver ring with aqua colored stone on right hand, pinky finger.
Items: He had a blue colored Eagle Creek Travel brand, nylon knapsack containing hiking items such as a candle lantern, mini-mag flashlight, water container and matches. There was also a Levi’s pocket watch with a blue face and a built in compass on the band located in the knapsack.
Other items found with the bag include a luggage tag sticker from TravelAir, a Costa Rican domestic airline, a plastic laundry bag from Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto, and matches from Sheraton Hotel, W Hotels (American chain) and Barclay Hotel in Vancouver. There were also 2 protein bars from a G.N.C. store, more than likely from the States. Empty bottle of Rapid Fat Loss pills. Empty bottle of Caffeine pills. White tube of Acnomel acne cream.
The glasses are for a near sighted person and are described as follows: Frame is "Koh Sakai" Model number is " KS9365" Color is " 6CPR" Size is " 46-23-145" Right lens prescription is "'2.50 -1.75 X 182' Left lens prescription is '3.50 -1.00 X 008' There is a reflective coating on the lens which is said to be expensive.


Case History
On September 5, 2001, the victim was found at a wooded rest area near a remote cross-country ski trail near Deep River, Ontario, in the Laurentian Hills.
Foul play is not suspected.
Investigators canvassed the area, cross-referenced the deceased with missing person’s reports and placed case details including dental records in the Journal of the Canadian Dental Association. They followed up on numerous tips from the public and tried to trace origins of items found with the body over the next seven years, even contacting Interpol to look into missing persons reports from Europe. John Doe still remains unidentified.

If you have any information about this case please contact:
Ontario Provincial Police
Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment
You may remain anonymous when submitting information.

Agency Case Number: 20050038

Source Information:
**Warning! Post-mortem photos contained in link below!
Ontario Provincial Police

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Good point! I have to wonder if he may have been hiding from his past, or even the law?

It sure seems like it when you consider all of the detail of his clothes and things in his pack detailed but no passport, license, money, credit card? Or even perhaps a cell phone? Odd unless he was robbed but they say no foul play suspected.
That is a great point as well. He also sounds somewhat well traveled. Costa Rican airlines, found in Canada but with what they thought were American protein bars and also proof of an American hotel. Calvin Klein and Pepe brands are not low end discount jeans either. Weight loss pills seem odd but maybe they were for a caffeine/energy benefit. Not a tall man nor a heavy man.

I note this happened just before 09/11, I wonder if it got lost in the news as many things did with all focus of news was centered on that terrible tragedy, even internationally and for some time.

Ontario Provincial Police & Toronto Police Service Leverage Othram's Genetic Testing Platform to Identify Deep River John Doe​

In 2023, the Ontario Provincial Police, in collaboration with the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service and the Office of the Chief Coroner, teamed with the Toronto Police Service and Othram, to leverage forensic genetic genealogy to identify the unknown man. Forensic evidence was sent to Othram's laboratory in The Woodlands, Texas and Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the unknown man. Once the profile was developed, the Toronto Police Service used the profile in a genetic genealogy search to identify new leads in the case.

The leads along with a follow up investigation enabled law enforcement to locate the man's family and his identity was confirmed through additional DNA testing. Out of respect for the family's privacy, investigators have not released the man's name. The reason for his presence in the area where his body was found remains unknown.

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