OSOYOOS, B.C. – High-tech, CSI-style identification methods were helpful, but good memory and grunt work are the keys that have helped B.C. Mounties and U.S. officials crack a cold case.
Investigators in the southern B.C. community of Osoyoos have been working since November 2007 to find Miguel Joao Goncalves, who was in his mid-40s when his family reported him missing.
Meanwhile, police in Washington State have been trying to identify the remains of a man found along the banks of the Okanogan River, about 100 kilometres south of Osoyoos, in 2008.
Law enforcement agencies shared details of the cases last year, including the fact that the unidentified man had a hip implant — although attempts to track the implant in hopes of identifying the victim had hit a dead end.
Fast forward several months to the BC Police Missing Persons Centre as an investigator reviewed historical missing persons cases in the South Okanagan and remembered Goncalves’ file showed he had an implant.
With those details, U.S. authorities were able to quickly make a match, resolving the more than six-year-old John Doe mystery and providing some closure for the Goncalves family.
(The Canadian Press)