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Update: Edmonton police identify man found dead in river valley encampment

A facial reconstruction of the remains of an unidentified man that were found in a river valley encampment in the Victoria Park area of northeast Edmonton on Oct. 4, 2020. Edmonton Police Service and Alberta RCMP

Editor’s note: Edmonton police said on Feb. 9, 2022 that the man was positively identified based on a public tip after someone recognized the facial reconstruction released on Jan. 25. Police said the death was believed to be non-criminal, so the man would not be publicly identified.

More than a year after a man was found dead in the North Saskatchewan River valley, Edmonton police are looking for the public’s help to identify his remains.

The remains of an unidentified man were found in an encampment in the Victoria Park area on Oct. 4, 2020.

Edmonton police said his body was not found during the annual sweep of the river valley, which took place the same week and is carried out to locate any missing persons or potential human remains.

Read more: Edmonton police sweep the North Saskatchewan River

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On Tuesday, Edmonton police said in the nearly 16 months since then, investigators have exhausted all avenues to identify the man — including comparing his remains with outstanding missing persons files — but have not had any success.

EPS worked with RCMP forensic artist Cpl. Jean Nault to create a facial reconstruction, in the hopes someone may come forward with information leading to the man’s identity. (See below)

A facial reconstruction of the remains of an unidentified man that were found in a river valley encampment in the Victoria Park area of northeast Edmonton on Oct. 4, 2020. Edmonton Police Service and Alberta RCMP

Anyone with information on the man’s identity is asked to contact the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a cellphone.

Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.

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