Unidentified Male Dubbed the Otonabee River Man

Otonabee River Man

Recreational divers found a severed head in the Otonabee River near Peterborough, Ontario

Date of Discovery: July 10, 1988

Location of Discovery: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

Estimated Date of Death: Unknown

State of Remains: Partial skeletal

Cause of Death: Homicide

Otonabee River Man

Physical Description


Estimated Age: 40-74 years old

Race: White

Gender: Male

Height: Unknown

Weight: Unknown

Hair Color: Brown, possibly balding.

Eye Color: Unknown

Distinguishing Marks/Features: Possibly wore a beard. Signs of arthritic changes to his temporomandibular joints which may have caused significant pain in his jaw. He was likely a smoker.



Dentals: Available. Dental health was poor. Most molars missing during life. Remaining molar is carious. Front teeth missing postmortem.

Fingerprints: Not available.

DNA: Available.

Clothing & Personal Items


Clothing: None located.

Jewelry: Unknown

Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Discovery


Recreational divers found a severed head in the Otonabee River near Peterborough. Police conducted searches and no other body parts were found. The victim's head had been severed from his body with a sharp object. He was dubbed the Otonabee River Man.

Investigating Agency(s)


Agency Name: Ontario Provincial Police Missing Persons and Unidentified Bodies Unit (MPUB)

Agency Contact Person: OPP MPUB

Agency Phone Number: 1-877-934-6363 or 1-705-330-4144

Agency Email: canadamissing-disruscanada@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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