N.S. seeks to solve missing persons case through human skull reconstructions

The public can help solve a missing persons case through a unique partnership between the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service, RCMP, National Research Council and New York Academy of Arts, according to a Nova Scotia government announcement on Tuesday.

A human skull found in Digby in September 2019 was one of 15 skulls from Canada that were reconstructed at a New York Academy of Arts forensic sculpture workshop last week.

The skull was discovered on the Sandy Cove Beach in Nova Scotia on Sept. 8, and it appears that the remains had washed up onshore. An autopsy indicated that the remains might have been those of a middle-aged man.

Students used clay to create facial reconstructions that were photographed and placed on Canada’s Missing, the national public website that features information on missing children, missing persons and unidentified remains cases.

Facial reconstruction is a method used to identify unknown missing persons after traditional identification methods such as fingerprinting and DNA testing fail to provide a result.

A photo of the reconstruction of the human skull in Digby has been posted on the Canada’s Missing website. The province stated that anyone who may have information about who this person is asked to contact the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service, Digby RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

Individuals may also wish to send an email to the National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains.

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