Facial reconstruction of Canadian unidentified human remains
Due to their delicate nature and as a result of COVID restrictions, each reconstructed skull was digitally scanned to preserve them in case of damage. Photos and links to interactive 3D viewers of each scan are available below.
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
- "Terra" brand boots
- Urban Heritage denim jeans
- Update: RCMP identify human remains
Male, aged 45-70, discovered in Vancouver, British Columbia, 1990
Male, aged 30-49, discovered in Delta, British Columbia, 1998
Male, aged 40-60, discovered in Burnaby, British Columbia, 2019
Male, aged 30-49, discovered on Whistler Mountain, British Columbia, 1987
Male, aged 25-40, discovered in North Vancouver, British Columbia, 1994
Male, aged 40-55, discovered in Parksville, British Columbia, 1992
Male, aged 50-65, discovered in West Vancouver, British Columbia, 1996
Male, aged 25-40, discovered in Lytton, British Columbia, 2016
- Good dental work
- May have died several years earlier
Male, aged 45-55, discovered in Richmond, British Columbia, 2008
Male, aged 30-49, discovered in Coquitlam, British Columbia, 1998
Male, aged 20-40, discovered on Hollyburn Mountain, British Columbia, 1984
Male, aged 18-35, discovered in Chilliwack, British Columbia, 1972
- Brown hair, brown eyes
- Well looked-after teeth
Male, aged 40-60, discovered in Port Moody, British Columbia, 1995
Male, aged 30-50, discovered in Richmond, British Columbia, 2004
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.
Partners in the project
Besides the New York Academy of Art, other partners in this project included:
- National Research Council Canada
- British Columbia Coroners Service
- Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service
- Police investigators for each set of remains
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