Hamilton John Doe was a man whose skeletal remains were found in a forested area north of the intersection of Fiddlers Green Road and Glancaster Road in the community of Mount Hope, Hamilton, Ontario on April 9, 2007.

Case

Discovery

On the night of April 7, 2007, the skull was first seen by a couple of neighbors at the end of their driveway. One of them believed the skull was that of an animal's. And one of the neighbors kicked it into the ditch, where it was found two days later.

On April 9, 2007 at 6:30pm, a Glanbrook resident was walking their dog along Glancaster Road when they observed an object in the ditch just off the west side of the roadway. They took a closer look and believed that what they were looking at was a human skull. A forensic anthropologist was later brought in to help identify and examine the skull.

On April 18th, 2007 at approximately 10am; Hamilton Police commenced a search of the area utilizing their Ground Search and Rescue Team, O.P.P. cadaver dogs and volunteers from the community. Approximately one hour into the search, O.P.P. cadaver dogs located additional human remains near the intersection of Glancaster Road and Fiddlers Green Road in a heavily forested area.

Investigation

An autopsy performed on the additional remains later confirmed that they were a match to the original skull found earlier in the area. The date of death is estimated to have occurred in the summer or fall of 2006. However, an estimated date of death occurring in the Fall of 2005 or Spring 2006 cannot be definitively ruled out. Foul play is not suspected.

Hamilton Police have made several attempts to match this individual to similar missing persons cases, but no positive matches have came in so far. DNA was extracted from the femur found from the remains.

Characteristics

  • Grey/white hair with a length of 2-3 inches.
  • He likely wore an upper full denture and possibly a lower partial denture.
  • His remaining teeth were poorly cared for;
    • No upper teeth, likely for many years prior to his death as sockets are healed.
    • 6 teeth present, one canine and two premolar teeth on each side of the lower jaw.
    • Had a chronic abscess on both the right and left teeth.
    • Had no fillings.
    • He had untreated cavities.

Clothing and accessories

  • Blue denim "Wrangler" brand jeans, (size 34" x 34").
  • "Fitrite" brand shirt, (size L).
  • Blue denim "Kinswood" brand, long-sleeved button-down shirt, size large.
  • Black belt.
  • White "Fruit of the Loom" brand underwear.
  • White left running shoe, (size 9 1/2).
  • Wristwatch – blue face, ‘U.S. Army’ brand, silver in colour, water resistant, worn on the left wrist. It was estimated to have costed between $300 - $450, the wristwatch found was available since 2003.
  • Silver folding knife in a black sheath attached to the belt, 7.6 cm (3″) blade, stainless steel back, black handle.

Belongings

  • Silver folding knife in a black sheath attached to the belt, 7.6 cm (3″) blade, stainless steel back, black handle.
  • Bic’ brand lighter.
  • Chrome ‘Zebra’ brand pen.
  • ‘Trim’ brand nail clippers.
  • Chewing gum.
  • $12.99, one discoloured coin of unknown denomination.

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Notes

  1. The Doe Network estimates the age as likely between 50-65.
  2. The Doe Network lists the victim's height range as 5'7" - 6'1".
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