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Police hoping to identify body found 17 years ago

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 1:01 PDT, Mon May 3, 2021

On the morning of July 8, 2004, Richmond RCMP received a report of a body washing up on the shore of the Fraser River near Rice Mill road. 

The body was in an advanced state of decomposition, and the circumstances surrounding the man’s death are still under investigation. 

The body is described as a Caucasian male, 35 to 50 years old. The man was six feet tall and had a slim build, and was wearing blue jeans, black boxer shorts and a fanny pack.

Given the advanced state of his decomposition, investigators believe the man was in the river for some time.

As July is typically high-water season for the Fraser River, it is quite possible that he entered the water some distance upstream from where he was later discovered.

Investigators with the Richmond RCMP Serious Crime Unit are releasing a forensic facial reconstruction sketch in hopes that someone may help to identify the man.

Anyone with information on this matter is asked to contact Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212, quoting file number 2004-26596.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit them online at www.solvecrime.ca.

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