UPDATED: RCMP to provide update on John Doe found in 1997

Colin MacLean
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CHARLOTTETOWN – The Major Crime Unit of the RCMP on P.E.I. has called a press conference for Tuesday 2 p.m.

In a brief statement sent to media Thursday afternoon, the RCMP said the meeting will provide an update on an investigation of an unidentified body found floating in Malpeque Bay in 1997.

They also said that a likeness replica of the deceased has been created and will be provided to media during the conference.

The unidentified man was found floating in the bay’s waters by fishermen in June of that year.

An autopsy was done at the time, but was inconclusive. Despite an RCMP investigation, no one claimed the body and the deceased didn’t match the description of any missing Islanders.

He was eventually buried in the People’s Cemetery in Charlottetown.

The body was exhumed in 2010 so a second autopsy could be performed.

Island RCMP had to request a change in legislation to allow for the body to be dug back up.

The RCMP now say they’ve prepared enough information that someone, somewhere, should recognize this person and hopefully come forward.

Guests in attendance for the conference will be: RCMP Major Crime Unit members, Dr. Charles Trainor, P.E.I. chief coroner, Michel Fournier, RCMP forensic art specialist, Dr. Moira MacLaughlin, forensic anthropologist, Dr. Marvin Tesh, pathologist and Sgt. Andrew Blackadar, P.E.I. RCMP media relations.

Colin.MacLean@JournalPioneer.com

@JournaPMacLean

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Malpeque Bay

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