Coquitlam RCMP hope distinctive jewelry can help solve 40-year-old cold case

A man’s body found in Port Moody lake was never identified

The Coquitlam RCMP have a mystery on their hands and they want your help.

On June 5, 1977, a man wearing a distinctive silver ring, a fashionable silver bracelet and two puka shell necklaces was found in Sasamat Lake, located in Port Moody’s Belcarra Regional Park.

A police investigation determined that the man had most likely drowned but was unable to identify him.

While the Coquitlam detachment doesn’t believe that foul play was involved, they do want to finally put a 40-year-old case to rest. The man was described as having brown hair with long sideburns, brown eyes, a complicated upper dental plate, jeans, and a comb in his back pocket. He was about 25 years old, six feet tall and 180 pounds when his body was found. Today, he would be 65.

“This guy wore pretty hip jewellery for the time and he cared about his appearance so we are sure someone is missing him,” said Cpl. Dennis Morrison. “This man was someone’s brother, boyfriend, or buddy, and we’re hoping one of those people comes forward and gives us the missing link in this file.”

Anyone who recognizes the description of the man or his jewellery should call the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 and ask for Cpl. Morrison. The BC Coroner Service is also working on this file and can be reached at 1-877-660-5077.


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