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RCMP seeks help in identifying human remains found in Merritt in 2019

Due to the overall condition of the remains, police believe the man may have been deceased for an extended period of time, possibly multiple years.

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The RCMP is trying to solve a mystery involving the remains of a man who may have been murdered many years ago.

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Mounties are seeking the public’s help in identifying the man whose remains were found outside Merritt in September 2019.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Janelle Shoihet said police and the B.C. Coroners Service are investigating.

“Despite all efforts by investigators through DNA analysis and dental comparisons, combined with other investigative avenues, an identity for the deceased has not yet been established,” Shoihet said in a statement, noting the RCMP’s Southeast District major crime unit has assumed conduct of the probe as police believe the man’s death is a homicide.

Shoihet said that due to the overall condition of the remains, police believe the man may have been deceased for an extended period of time, possibly multiple years.

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“Given the geographical location of the remains, investigators are mindful that the deceased may not be a resident of the surrounding area and have not ruled out the possibility that he was a resident of the B.C. Lower Mainland or even Alberta,” Shoihet said.

The deceased is a light-skinned man, possibly of European decent, between 20 and 50 years of age. He stood about 6-foot-2, weighed approximately 220 pounds and had a muscular build.

He had straight brown hair, brown facial hair and no apparent tattoos or piercings. The remnants of the deceased’s clothing included a grey T-shirt and a maroon-coloured zippered hoodie.

Anybody with information is asked to call the Southeast District major crime unit at 1-877-987-8477.

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