Canada NATION RIVER LADY: WF, 20-45, found in Nation River in Casselman, Ontario, Canada - 3 May 1975

1594609187052.png

On May 3, 1975 a local farmer discovered the remains of an unidentified woman floating in the Nation River a short distance from the Highway 417 bridge south of the Town of Casselman, about 40 miles east of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Ontario Provincial Police found blood on the bridge and speculate she was thrown into the river from the eastbound lanes of Highway 417 of the bridge. The deceased had been strangled with a flat plastic covered television cable. Her hands and ankles had been bound with men’s neckties, and her face had been wrapped with a tea towel. Officials described the woman as Caucasian, aged 25-50 years old, 5’2″ to 5’8″ in height, approximately 100 lbs., average build, and having brown hair that was dyed a reddish blond. Evidence indicated she had been in the river since the late summer of 1974

DNA Doe Project Status: Research in process




1594609344353.png 1594609349998.png 1594609353878.png1594609363303.png 1594609369737.png

Date of Discovery: May 3, 1975
Location of Discovery: Casselman, Ontario, Canada
Estimated Date of Death: 1-4 weeks or as early as Summer or Fall of 1974
State of Remains: Recognizable face
Cause of Death: Homicide by strangulation

Physical Description
Estimated Age: 20-45 years old
Race: White
Sex: Female
Height: 5'1"-5'5"
Weight: 100 lbs. (45kg)
Hair Color: Naturally dark-brown, dyed strawberry blond; shoulder-length.
Eye Color: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Slight to average build. Her appendix had been removed previously and she had bright pink or red enamel on her finger and toe nails that was manicured. Possible smoker.

Identifiers
Dentals: Available. Extensive dental work. The victim wore partial dentures with porcelain teeth in her upper and lower jaws. Many of her natural teeth had required fillings.
Fingerprints: Available.
DNA: Available.

Clothing & Personal Items
Clothing: The victim was naked except for a blue body suit that had been pulled up over her shoulders.
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: "Irish Toast" towel: This item was manufactured in Ireland, exported to Toronto, Ontario and distributed to stores in Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal. They were sold at $1.39 (Canadian) each and had been stocked in stores for some time. The towel had Irish Gaelic printing on it, spelling out a traditional Irish toast. A blue and gray necktie. A red and white necktie. A decorative necktie known as a 'Canadian Tie' and bearing three Canadian emblems on a navy blue background. The necktie was manufactured in Montreal and had been sold by various stores in the province of Quebec and in the eastern part of Ontario. 2 fringed green cloths: each 70 inches long and 48 inches in width. Flat black plastic-covered wire: This was the typical wire used in cable television hook-ups. The plastic wire had a slight splattering of gray paint. Subsequent investigation revealed that the cable was manufactured in Renfrew, Ontario and distributed in the Ottawa, Hull, Montreal and Brockville areas.

1594609407007.png 1594609429252.png 1594609441452.png 1594609515140.png

Circumstances of Discovery
On the morning of May 3, 1975, this victim was located floating face down in the Nation River about 100 yards from the Highway 417 bridge. The Nation River is west of Casselman, Ontario and just thirty five miles east of Ottawa.

After recovering the body, it was discovered that the victim's wrists were bound together in front using a man's necktie. Two other neckties had been used to secure the ankles.

The victim's head was wrapped in 2 fringed green cloths. Upon removal of the cloths, investigators found that a kitchen towel had been knotted in the back to form a ligature around her neck. A television cable wire had also been wrapped around the victim's neck, over top of the kitchen towel.

Initially, it was believed that the woman's partial dentures had been manufactured abroad. However, it has now been suggested that the dentures were fairly common in Southern Ontario and Canada in terms of quality and materials.

Although it has not been determined when the body entered the Nation River, it is most likely 1-4 weeks prior to the discovery on 03 May 1975. However, it is also possible that the body entered the River prior to the river freeze over in December 1974 or January 1975.

There was a vague report from a store clerk in Marmora who remembered selling a provincial necktie to a man and woman couple. The woman matched the victim's description, but the store clerk could not remember a date for the sale.

The male with the woman at that time could only be described as possibly 5'4"-5'6" and about 35 years of age.

The remains were buried in 1987.

Over 300 missing persons were excluded from the case.

The victim has been known to investigators and the public as the "Nation River Lady."

In the summer of 2017, authorities reopened the case a second time (the first being in 1999) and appealed to the public for information.


 
Last edited by a moderator:

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

Administrator
Staff member

On May 3, 1975, the remains of a female were found in the Nation River near a bridge crossing Highway 417 in Casselman, Ontario. She has dyed reddish blonde hair that was naturally dark brown. Her finger and toe nails had red nail polish on them. She may have been a smoker. The cause of death was strangulation. A piece of television coaxial cable was found around her neck. A curtain rod runner (plastic wheel) was found in her left armpit. Her hands and feet were tied with men's neckties, one of which is called "The Canadian Tie". Her remains may have been in the water for some days to some months.


Other, She has extensive dental work including both an upper and lower partial denture, as well as many fillings.
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

Administrator
Staff member
OPP re-open 40-year-old murder case

OPP are hoping technical advancements will lead to a break in a 40-year-old homicide case.

On May 3, 1975, a local farmer discovered the remains of a woman in the Nation River a short distance from the Highway 417 bridge and south of the Town of Casselman, Ontario.

This deceased woman became known as the Nation River Lady and OPP investigators are re-introducing the case in an effort to identify who she is and to seek any information to further this homicide investigation.


The Nation River Lady was wearing a navy blue body suit which had a collar, buttons ¾ down the front, long sleeves and snaps that secured in the crotch area. Her toe nails and fingernails were manicured and painted with a pink polish, she had an appendix operation scar and wore partial upper and lower dentures. A copy of her fingerprints and DNA profile are on file.
 

Romulus

Well-known member

239UFON - Unidentified Female

1609964105127.png1609964110682.png1609964135792.png1609964146373.png1609964154484.png1609964162583.png1609964180861.png

Artistic renderings of the victim; victim's dentures; ties binding victim; victim's suit; cloths around the body; "Irish Toast" towel.

Date of Discovery: May 3, 1975
Location of Discovery: Casselman, Ontario, Canada
Estimated Date of Death: 1-4 weeks or as early as Summer or Fall of 1974
State of Remains: Recognizable face
Cause of Death: Homicide by strangulation

Physical Description

Estimated Age: 20-45 years old
Race: White
Sex: Female
Height: 5'1"-5'5"
Weight: 100 lbs. (45kg)
Hair Color: Naturally dark-brown, dyed strawberry blond; shoulder-length.
Eye Color: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Slight to average build. Her appendix had been removed previously and she had bright pink or red enamel on her finger and toe nails that was manicured. Possible smoker.

Identifiers

Dentals: Available. Extensive dental work. The victim wore partial dentures with porcelain teeth in her upper and lower jaws. Many of her natural teeth had required fillings.
Fingerprints: Available.
DNA: Available.

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: The victim was naked except for a blue body suit that had been pulled up over her shoulders.
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: "Irish Toast" towel: This item was manufactured in Ireland, exported to Toronto, Ontario and distributed to stores in Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal. They were sold at $1.39 (Canadian) each and had been stocked in stores for some time. The towel had Irish Gaelic printing on it, spelling out a traditional Irish toast. A blue and gray necktie. A red and white necktie. A decorative necktie known as a 'Canadian Tie' and bearing three Canadian emblems on a navy blue background. The necktie was manufactured in Montreal and had been sold by various stores in the province of Quebec and in the eastern part of Ontario. 2 fringed green cloths: each 70 inches long and 48 inches in width. Flat black plastic-covered wire: This was the typical wire used in cable television hook-ups. The plastic wire had a slight splattering of gray paint. Subsequent investigation revealed that the cable was manufactured in Renfrew, Ontario and distributed in the Ottawa, Hull, Montreal and Brockville areas.

Circumstances of Discovery

On the morning of May 3, 1975, this victim was located floating face down in the Nation River about 100 yards from the Highway 417 bridge. The Nation River is west of Casselman, Ontario and just thirty five miles east of Ottawa.

After recovering the body, it was discovered that the victim's wrists were bound together in front using a man's necktie. Two other neckties had been used to secure the ankles.

The victim's head was wrapped in 2 fringed green cloths. Upon removal of the cloths, investigators found that a kitchen towel had been knotted in the back to form a ligature around her neck. A television cable wire had also been wrapped around the victim's neck, over top of the kitchen towel.

Initially, it was believed that the woman's partial dentures had been manufactured abroad. However, it has now been suggested that the dentures were fairly common in Southern Ontario and Canada in terms of quality and materials.

Although it has not been determined when the body entered the Nation River, it is most likely 1-4 weeks prior to the discovery on 03 May 1975. However, it is also possible that the body entered the River prior to the river freeze over in December 1974 or January 1975.

There was a vague report from a store clerk in Marmora who remembered selling a provincial necktie to a man and woman couple. The woman matched the victim's description, but the store clerk could not remember a date for the sale.

The male with the woman at that time could only be described as possibly 5'4"-5'6" and about 35 years of age.

The remains were buried in 1987.

Over 300 missing persons were excluded from the case.

The victim has been known to investigators and the public as the "Nation River Lady."

In the summer of 2017, authorities reopened the case a second time (the first being in 1999) and appealed to the public for information.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Ontario Provincial Police: Criminal Investigations Branch
Agency Contact Person: Detective Inspector Daniel Nadeau
Agency Phone Number: 705-329-6111
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: OPP file # is 955-10-1990-098; MPUB File # is 20050011

Agency Name: Crime Stoppers
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: Unknown

NCIC Case Number: Not entered
NamUs Case Number: Not entered

Information Source(s)

Canada's Missing - NCMPUR
CBS News Ottowa
Digital Journal
QuinteNews
A Fresh News Start
Net News Ledger
The Star
"Disappearances", by Derrick Murdoch Ontario Provincial Police (CIB)
Crime Files: Cold Case Edition - The Nation River Lady
 

Attachments

  • 1609964154662.png
    1609964154662.png
    207.5 KB · Views: 0

Windstorm

Active member
Nation River Lady Jane Doe 1975 was added to Gedmatch by the DNA Doe Project. As of February 22, 2021, she had over 14,000 DNA matches. Her highest match was 97 cM - which is not a substantial match. However, her "adjusted" matches at FTDNA is 445 cM which is in the first cousin once removed range. She is on the Google Drive spreadsheet at:
 

Forum statistics

Threads
2,086
Messages
84,861
Members
440
Latest member
cunningdiplomat
Top