OPP SEEK PUBLIC ASSISTANCE TO IDENTIFY MALE REMAINS

ORILLIA, ON, May 9 /CNW/ - Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Missing Persons Unidentified Bodies Unit are working with Manitoba RCMP to identify human remains recovered eight years ago.

On Friday, May 9, 2003, the body of a male -- believed to be of Asian descent -- was discovered at a hotel in the town of Grand Rapids, Manitoba - 450 kilometres north of Winnipeg, about half way between Winnipeg and Thompson. An investigation determined the man had arrived on a regularly-scheduled bus from Thompson and checked into the Northbrook Inn at 3:30 a.m. local time. Later that same day, at approximately 6:00 p.m., cleaning staff entered the man's room to find him deceased in a chair. Foul play is not suspected in this matter.

Police have made numerous inquiries of a variety of agencies to try to determine the man's identity. He is believed to be between 30 and 50 years of age and of Korean or Chinese heritage. The man did not possess any official identification but signed into the hotel under the name "Deuong CHERON". Police did recover a small, black-coloured bag containing clothing and herbal medication. The label on the medication contained the name "Sang Dae Park" or "Seng Dae Park". Other name alternatives were "Seng" or "Sang" Dae CHERON or "Dung".

Information and photos that may help identify this individual are available for the public to view at www.missing-u.ca. Anyone with information may contact their local police service, CrimeStoppers, or submit tips through the Resolve Initiative website at www.missing-u.ca This information also appears on the Manitoba Chiefs of Police Project Disappear website.

QUOTES

"Even though foul play is not suspected, we believe this individual deserves to be identified and his loved ones and friends deserve peace of mind knowing what became of him."

--Chris Lewis, Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police

""Despite rapid advancements in technologies that allow people within our society to keep in constant communication and connect effortlessly with one another, there are still many cases in which a person can go missing, and this is of great concern.  It is believed that this unidentified individual is not from the province of Manitoba. However, the RCMP in Manitoba works very closely with all policing partners across this country, including the OPP. With this type of cross-jurisdictional cooperation and the public's assistance, we are confident this person will get the attention they so deserve."

-- Chief Superintendent Mike Sekela, Criminal Operations "D" Division Manitoba RCMP

LEARN MORE

For the Resolve Initiative information and photos associated with this person, click here.

For the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police "Project Disappear", Manitoba's Cold Case and Missing Persons project, click here.

The OPP Missing Persons Unidentified Body Unit (MPUB) has developed a partnership with the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario (OCC) to allow for comparisons of OPP information on missing persons with OCC data on unidentified remains. Since 2006, 36 missing persons and 11 unidentified remains cases have been solved through the "Resolve Initiative." Utilizing current web-based technologies and allowing public access to certain information, the Resolve Initiative has become a highly-valued tool to maximize the potential for locating missing persons and identifying found human remains, providing 1,434 tips for investigators and prompting 8.3-million hits to the www.missing-u.ca website.

As of April 30, 2011 there were:

  • 6,873 people listed on CPIC as "missing" in Canada;
  • 1,340 of those are listed as "missing" from Ontario;
  • 329 of those are missing from OPP jurisdiction

OPP MPUB has 428 unsolved missing persons in its database, 325 of which are on the website.

OPP MPUB has 206 unsolved unidentified bodies in the database, 108 of which are on the Resolve Initiative website.

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SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police

For further information:

Media Contacts:     

Sergeant W.M. (Wendy) Loam
Supervisor - Missing Persons Unidentified Bodies Unit
OPP Behavioural Sciences and Analysis Services

Phone:  (705) 329-6504

Sergeant Line Karpish or Constable Miles Hiebert 
"D" Division Manitoba
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

Phone:  (204) 983-8497


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