Man Found in ’88 Never Identified

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 6 a.m. February 25, 2019

The Toronto Police is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man found in 1988.

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An artist rendition of a man found dead in Lake Ontario in 1988. He has yet to be identified

On January 17 of that year, the remains of a white male, approximately 20 to 25 years old, were recovered from Lake Ontario.

The victim had brown eyes, thick black hair, dark eyebrows and one day’s growth of facial hair and his estimated weight and height was 185 pounds and 5’5” respectively.

Det. Joel Manherz of the Missing Person Unit said the man had a round scar on his left knee and his left ear was pierced and had a round ball stud earring.

He was also wearing a waist length blue/gray or possibly beige ‘Westport’ zippered jacket with vinyl hood, blue/gray/green plaid long sleeve shirt, a white T-shirt with black collar and black sleeves with the word, ‘Rush’ in green on the front, blue jeans (waist size 30 with shortened pant legs) and a pair of combat style ankle boots.

In addition, the man had on a Bulova “Set-O-Matic’ watch with a black nylon band and his personal effects included a black lighter and a combination knife/bottle opener.

The Ontario Pathologist’s office with help from the Ontario Provincial Police, recently created an artist’s rendition of this male in the hopes that it will help someone recognize this individual and bring some resolution to both his family and the investigation.

“Hopefully, this will jog someone’s memory move us closer towards solving the case,” added Manherz.

The MPU ensures the investigative response of Missing Persons and Unidentified Human Remains investigations including historic unsolved cases.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7411, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at,, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).

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