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Case : ON-UF-1975-05-00001
Gender : Female
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Date Of Discovery : 03 May 1975
Location Of Discovery : Casselman, Ontario
Race : Caucasian
Age : 25 - 50
Height (estimate) : 161 - 166 cm (5'3" - 5'5")
Weight (estimate) : 45 - 46 kg (99 - 101 lbs)
Hair Colour : Brown
- recently dyed reddish blonde, shoulder length
Eye Colour : Unknown
Dental Information :
Front teeth - noticeable gap between her two front teeth
Dentures - partial upper and lower dentures, porcelain teeth
Natural teeth - many required fillings
Staining - from nicotine and coffee, suggesting she was right-handed
Medical Information :
No indication that she had ever given birth
Notable Identifiers :
Abdomen - appendectomy scar, well-healed
Finger and toenails - well manicured, painted with a bright pink or red
enamel nail polish

Clothing/Jewelry :
Shirt - blue body shirt
Other Personal Items :
Unknown

Additional Information :
On the morning of May 3, 1975, the victim was located floating face down in the Nation River about 100 yards from the Highway 417 bridge. The Nation River is west of Casselman, Ontario and just 60 km (35 miles) east of Ottawa.

Police discovered that the victim's wrists were bound together in front using a man's necktie. Two other neckties were used to secure her ankles. The woman's head was wrapped in 2 fringed green cloths, described as being 178 cm (70") by 122 cm (48") in length. According to police, these may have been throw covers or small bed sheets (pictured below). After removing the cloths, investigators found that a kitchen towel had been knotted at the back to form a ligature around her neck. A television cable wire had also been wrapped around the victim's neck, over top of the kitchen towel.

Blood evidence found on the bridge suggested that the victim had been killed 1 to 4 weeks prior to discovery (Spring 1975). A re-examination of the evidence was done in 2005. The estimated time of death allowed for a time frame as early as the Fall of 1974 to some weeks before discovery.

Police recovered a number of items with the victim's body. These items are described below:

An 'Irish Toast' towel manufactured in Ireland, exported to Toronto, Ontario and distributed to stores in Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal. The towel sold for $1.39 (Canadian) each and was sold through Freimanís Limited Department stores for some time. Freimanís was sold to the Hudson Bay Company in 1972. A traditional Irish toast was printed on the towel. It is described as red and white in colour.

A decorative necktie known as a 'Canada Tie'. The tie had a Canadian emblem that appeared in three places. The necktie carried the Bartolini Collection label. It was manufactured by the Metropolitan Cravat Corporation in Montreal, Quebec and sold by various stores in the province of Quebec, Eastern Ontario and Toronto.

Other neckties recovered from the victim are more common in design. One is described as striped with three shades of blue. The other has been described as having a red and white diamond-type pattern. Both ties are pictured below.

A plastic-covered wire of the type typically used in cable television hook-ups (coaxial cable). The cable is black in colour and has a slight splattering of grey paint. Subsequent investigation revealed that the cable was manufactured in Renfrew, Ontario and distributed in the Ottawa, Hull, Montreal and Brockville areas.

A plastic wheel from a curtain rod runner was removed from her left armpit.

Partial dentures worn by the woman were initially thought to have been manufactured abroad. Recent information suggests that the dentures were fairly common in southern Ontario and throughout Canada in terms of quality and materials used.

During the course of the initial investigation, a store clerk in Marmora recalled selling a Canada tie to a couple. The woman matched the victim's general description. Unfortunately, the store clerk could not remember the date of the sale. The male accompanying the woman could only be described as approximately 163 - 168 cm tall (or 5'4" to 5'6" tall) and about 35 years of age.

Contact :
Ontario Provincial Police - Criminal Investigations Branch
705-329-1835 or Toll-Free 1-888-310-1122

OR

See Additional Contacts
Source Links :
Ontario Provincial Police - Criminal Investigations Branch
Ontario Provincial Police - MPUB
"Week in Review: Nation River Lady" Hosted by Sue Sgambati
The Globe and Mail - January 13, 1983 edition
"Disappearances: True Accounts of Canadians Who Have Vanished"
by Derrick Murdock
Last Modified :
2017-01-31

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Irish Toast

Fringed Cloth

Cloth

Canada Tie

Diamond-patterned

Blue-grey tie