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Calgary RCMP hope ‘forensic sculpture’ will help ID mystery skull

Does this face look familiar? Police investigating a suspicious death hope it does.

The face is an approximate reconstruction based on a human skull discovered south of Cochrane on Oct. 13, 2012.

RCMP have been able to determine that the skull belongs to a Caucasian male between the ages of 20 and 60.

Insp. Tony Hamori, head of Southern Alberta’s serious crimes branch, hopes that the victim’s distinct teeth will stand out to someone.

“The patterns of the teeth are not level, there’s quite a wave to the teeth pattern,” he said.

Hamori wanted people to avoid focusing on the colour of the eyes or the hairstyle of the replica, but rather look mainly at the bone structure and teeth.

“The reconstruction is an approximation,” he said. “There’s a number of variables that go into this kind of process.”

Police believe the skull had been where it was found for less than a year. No other human bones were found in the area.

Hamori said it would be a “fair assumption” to say that the victim was likely not reported missing, due to the fact that no matches have been found in the various databases used for missing persons.

“We have generated a dental profile and also DNA for this particular victim, which has been searched through as many databases as we can access with no results so far,” he said.

Hamori said police are treating the case as suspicious until they have more information.

If you recognize this face, or have any tips about the case, you’re asked to call the RCMP tip line at 403-699-2709.

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