Facial reconstruction of Canadian unidentified human remains

In January 2020, students at the New York Academy of Art reconstructed 15 faces of Canadian unidentified human remains. As part of the forensic sculpture workshop, they applied clay directly to 3D-printed replicas of the real skulls. This is the first time we've partnered with the academy.

Do you know who they are?

These are the faces that were reconstructed by the New York Academy of Art. Have a look and help us bring them home.

You can see more details on each case or submit tips on the Canada's Missing website.

Male, aged 30 -60, discovered at Sandy Cove Beach, Nova Scotia, 2019

Facial reconstruction related to case reference: 2019055203

Male, aged 45-70, discovered in Vancouver, British Columbia, 1990

Facial reconstruction related to case reference: 2014001040

Male, aged 30-49, discovered in Delta, British Columbia, 1998

Facial reconstruction related to case reference: 2014001023

Male, aged 40-60, discovered in Burnaby, British Columbia, 2019

Facial reconstruction related to case reference: 2019045788

Male, aged 30-49, discovered on Whistler Mountain, British Columbia, 1987

Facial reconstruction related to case reference: 2014001084

Male, aged 25-40, discovered in North Vancouver, British Columbia, 1994

Facial reconstruction related to case reference: 2014001219

Male, aged 40-55, discovered in Parksville, British Columbia, 1992

Facial reconstruction related to case reference: 2014001116

Male, aged 50-65, discovered in West Vancouver, British Columbia, 1996

  • Healed injuries possibly from major accident including:
    • severe injuries to his right arm and leg
    • a fractured skull, nose and ribs
  • Case reference: 2012020147
Facial reconstruction related to case reference: 2012020147

Male, aged 25-40, discovered in Lytton, British Columbia, 2016

Facial reconstruction related to case reference: 2019035507

Male, aged 45-55, discovered in Richmond, British Columbia, 2008

Facial reconstruction related to case reference: 2012020145

Male, aged 30-49, discovered in Coquitlam, British Columbia, 1998

Facial reconstruction related to case reference: 2012020165

Male, aged 20-40, discovered on Hollyburn Mountain, British Columbia, 1984

Facial reconstruction related to case reference: 2012020173

Male, aged 18-35, discovered in Chilliwack, British Columbia, 1972

Facial reconstruction related to case reference: 2012020177

Male, aged 40-60, discovered in Port Moody, British Columbia, 1995

Facial reconstruction related to case reference: 2012020169

Male, aged 30-50, discovered in Richmond, British Columbia, 2004

Facial reconstruction related to case reference: 2012020159

Choosing the skulls for the project

We reached out to coroners and medical examiners across the country to find suitable skulls for this project. The 15 skulls selected:

  • were in the best condition
  • are all male
  • came from British Columbia and Nova Scotia
  • were located between 1972 and 2019

Although they were found in two provinces, they could be from anywhere.

What we want to achieve

Without knowing the missing peoples' identities, it's impossible to return them home. We want to unlock the mystery of who they are and bring closure to their families and loved ones. We hope that the facial reconstructions will encourage tips from the public.

We also want to learn from this experience to try to bring this type of workshop to Canada.

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Partners in the project

Besides the New York Academy of Art, other partners in this project included:

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