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Update on Mineral’s Road Homicide Investigation
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary seeks the assistance of the public in identifying a homicide victim.
On May 17, 2001 a human skull was discovered in a wooded area near Mineral’s Road, in the Town of Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador. This death is a homicide.
The investigation to date has failed to identify the victim.
Investigative procedures employed in this case have included forensic facial reconstruction, DNA analysis; forensic anthropological examinations, extensive searches of missing person reports across Canada; canvassing of local dentists; and following up on various tips from the public.
The investigative efforts have not led to the identification of this individual.
We believe that the identification of this murder victim is critical to advancing our investigation and are hopeful that recent advances in Forensic Science may assist in identifying this person. What follows is an update of the results of recent forensic analysis.
Stable Isotope Analysis
As a result of Stable Isotope Analysis completed at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany with assistance from scientists at the University of Bradford in England and the University of Dundee in Scotland, the following estimations have been made:
- The victim resided for extended periods in southern Ontario or southern Quebec, and/or Atlantic Canada or possibly the north-eastern United States.
- The victim may have visited Newfoundland for a brief period about 13 months prior to his death.
Carbon-14 Bomb-Pulse Dating
As a result of the Carbon-14 Bomb-Pulse Analysis of tooth enamel and hair, completed at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden and the Lawrence Livermore Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry in California, USA, the following estimations have been made:
- The victim was born around January, 1958 +/- 2.3 years, or in other words between 1955 and 1961,
- The victim died around June, 1995 +/- 1.7 years, or in other words between 1994 and 1997.
A craniofacial reconstruction was completed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's Atlantic Region Forensic Facial Imaging Service (see image in attached poster).
- The victim is a male believed to be of Caucasian descent;
- Based on Stable Isotope Analysis it is estimated that the victim resided for extended periods in southern Ontario or southern Quebec, and/or Atlantic Canada or possibly North-Eastern United States;
- Based on Stable Isotope Analysis it is estimated that the victim may have visited Newfoundland for a brief period about 13 months prior to his death.
- Based on Carbon-14 Bomb-Pulse dating of tooth enamel it is estimated that the victim was born between 1955 and 1961.
- Based Carbon-14 Bomb-Pulse dating of hair shafts it is estimated that the victim died between 1994 and 1997.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has authorized a reward of up to Fifty Thousand Dollars for information
leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this homicide. We are asking
that any person who believes that he or she may have any information that may assist in identifying the
victim, or has any other information that could be relevant to this investigation contact the Royal
Newfoundland Constabulary Major Crime Unit at Area Code 709-729-8080 or 709-729-8000. You can also contact
your local police agency or call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222.TIPS. Information can also be found that the
Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Web Site at