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    Canada - Kenora ON - Female Body in tent, June 2009

    I have not been able to find any threads about this case.

    http://www.missing-u.ca/UIDetail.aspx?PersonID=841

    Overview: The remains of a lean, fit female were found in a wooded area in Kenora, Ontario, on June 17, 2009 in a small, one-person tent. There is an indication that this female had undergone some surgery on her face and Jaw that was well-healed. It is believed the female had been in the tent for approximately a week before being discovered. Found in the tent was a hard-cover, used copy of "A Long Way Down" by Nick Hornby, and it included a bookmark from McNally-Robinson Bookstores.

    Has anyone does any work on this case? It's very intriguing.


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    Map carried by deceased. Hand drawn pencil markings on map are very similar to the cutlines as revealed in the satellite image.























    Book recovered - "A Long Way Down" by Nick Hornby



    http://www.missing-u.ca/Photos.aspx?PersonID=841


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    Public’s help sought in ID’ing body

    Ontario Provincial Police are turning to the public to help identify the body of a woman discovered more than a year ago.

    The body was found in a small blue and white tent located in a wooded area near Miller Rapids Road in Kenora on June 17, 2009. Investigation revealed the body was at the site no longer than a week before being discovered.

    Foul play is not a factor in the death, police said.

    The woman is described as light-skinned, about 26 to 50 years old, 5-foot-3 to 5-foot-7, 105 to 115 pounds, with shoulder-length light brown hair.


    http://www.winnipegsun.com/news/2010...-14459061.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by RubyRed View Post
    The woman is described as light-skinned, about 26 to 50 years old, 5-foot-3 to 5-foot-7, 105 to 115 pounds, with shoulder-length light brown hair.[/
    This is what confuses me about these investigations. The police have her body and the decomposition would have been minimal after a week. Why is there a 4 inch range in her height? Can't they just measure her?

    That age range is also remarkable. Almost 25 years. This is typical of Canadian police investigations. They never want to release information to the public because it may "jeopardize an investigation". In this case, foul play is not suspected so why not release a composite sketch and some more accurate physical characteristics?

    A lot of people have made allusion to this in other discussion boards. I'm not sure which method is better, but the practice of canadian police forces to keep all the information secret from the public is probably why there are so many missing people and unidentified decedents in Canada per capita than in the US.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisB View Post
    This is what confuses me about these investigations. The police have her body and the decomposition would have been minimal after a week. Why is there a 4 inch range in her height? Can't they just measure her?

    That age range is also remarkable. Almost 25 years. This is typical of Canadian police investigations. They never want to release information to the public because it may "jeopardize an investigation". In this case, foul play is not suspected so why not release a composite sketch and some more accurate physical characteristics?

    A lot of people have made allusion to this in other discussion boards. I'm not sure which method is better, but the practice of canadian police forces to keep all the information secret from the public is probably why there are so many missing people and unidentified decedents in Canada per capita than in the US.
    bbm

    I hear you on that. It is frustrating and ridiculous. So many UID do not have a composite sketch. I mean how do we try to match them up. Many times I think WTH.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisB View Post
    This is what confuses me about these investigations. The police have her body and the decomposition would have been minimal after a week. Why is there a 4 inch range in her height? Can't they just measure her?

    That age range is also remarkable. Almost 25 years. This is typical of Canadian police investigations. They never want to release information to the public because it may "jeopardize an investigation". In this case, foul play is not suspected so why not release a composite sketch and some more accurate physical characteristics?

    A lot of people have made allusion to this in other discussion boards. I'm not sure which method is better, but the practice of canadian police forces to keep all the information secret from the public is probably why there are so many missing people and unidentified decedents in Canada per capita than in the US.
    I'm still on page 1 of this thread so not sure if her height was already discussed. I'm 5'3. Her jeans show a size of 6P. P = Petite. Petite sizes are for shorter women. I'm not sure if there are any other stores besides Winners that carry petite sizes. I would assume The Bay or Sears or any of the bigger chains would. I buy most of my bottoms at Winners because they have the P section and I don't have to go through the trouble of hemming my pants. IMO, this woman was no taller than 5'4"

    HTH

    ETA: I just saw that brand of jeans is sold at Zellers.
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    RE: Jaw surgery.

    Maybe she was a victim of domestic abuse?


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    Quote Originally Posted by RubyRed View Post

    The woman is described as light-skinned, about 26 to 50 years old, 5-foot-3 to 5-foot-7, 105 to 115 pounds, with shoulder-length light brown hair.

    http://www.winnipegsun.com/news/2010...-14459061.html
    I think we're leaning more towards her being 50. Why do I say that? This is from the OPP site http://www.missing-u.ca/UIDetail.aspx?PersonID=841

    "This unidentified female has undergone extensive maxillo-facial surgery, well before time of death, most likely in her early 20's (15 to 20 years ago). This procedure was likely done in a major center by a surgeon as it was less common then than it is now. The facial bones have been surgically cut and then moved and re-wired in both the upper and lower jaws resulting in changes to the individual's facial structure. The recovery from this procedure would have been a significant intrusion into the individual's life and would have included wiring of the jaws shut for several weeks. Furthermore, this individual most likely wore orthodontic braces during adolescence for some time prior to the surgery. The current state of the teeth show that the lower teeth remain crowded, and that there is evidence of an abscess and some dental work, as well as some periodontal disease. This is consistent with a person in the mid 40's to 50s. This female was a smoker and has evidence of staining on her lower teeth.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Friendly View Post
    I think we're leaning more towards her being 50. Why do I say that? This is from the OPP site http://www.missing-u.ca/UIDetail.aspx?PersonID=841

    "This unidentified female has undergone extensive maxillo-facial surgery, well before time of death, most likely in her early 20's (15 to 20 years ago). This procedure was likely done in a major center by a surgeon as it was less common then than it is now. The facial bones have been surgically cut and then moved and re-wired in both the upper and lower jaws resulting in changes to the individual's facial structure. The recovery from this procedure would have been a significant intrusion into the individual's life and would have included wiring of the jaws shut for several weeks. Furthermore, this individual most likely wore orthodontic braces during adolescence for some time prior to the surgery. The current state of the teeth show that the lower teeth remain crowded, and that there is evidence of an abscess and some dental work, as well as some periodontal disease. This is consistent with a person in the mid 40's to 50s. This female was a smoker and has evidence of staining on her lower teeth.
    I was going to have this exact same surgery but decided against it. It is to treat a class-3 malocclusion, ie an underbite. Before surgery, the woman would have had a too-small upper jaw and a protruding lower jaw, resulting in flat looking cheeks, and the jaw and chin looking very prominent. People with this problem often have thin-looking lips, especially the top lip, due to the way the underbite distorts them, and the profile of the nose usually looks prominent because it sticks out from the flat cheeks (caused by the sunken upper jaw). The nose usually looks smaller after surgery, but this is an illusion. I hope this doesn't come across as rude - because I grew up with the same problem - but, the women would have been considered unattractive before surgery, and I wonder if she was bullied for her looks. The severity of the surgery suggests that her underbite was quite bad, because (in the UK at least) they tend to only operate on the lower jaw when there isn't too much of a discrepancy.

    The surgery she had involves cutting through the entire upper jaw, moving it forward and screwing into place. The lower jaw has a diagonal slice taken out of either side, then it is slid backward and pinned into its new place. She would have definitely had braces for several years before the surgery - they can't do the op without doing a LOT of brace work first to align the teeth to how they need to be in their new position. Then she would have had braces for 12-18 months afterwards to make sure the teeth stay in their new place. However it's not possible to guarantee that teeth will stay in position, no matter how long you try to hold them there with braces, 50% of people's teeth try to move back somewhat to their original position. So her crowded lower teeth just means that they shifted back after her treatment finished. It's impossible that this surgery took place without extensive brace work. As mentioned, she also would have needed her jaws wired together for at least 6 weeks post-surgery, although they mostly don't do that these days.

    So the orthodontic work would have been a huge commitment for 3-4 years. Her jaw problem would have been bad enough to make her want to go through all that. She probably had some difficulty chewing, but braces make that much worse, so the main motive would have been aesthetics. This makes me think that she was eager to change her appearance. I wonder how expensive it was or if it was free. The type of surgery she had indicates that her underbite was bad. Her face would have changed a lot after surgery and she would have looked much better.

    This link shows a man before and after this operation:

    http://www.contempclindent.org/artic...82;aulast=Ravi
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    I was just scrolling through the Canadian cases and this one caught my eye.

    I would definitely agree the tent has been photoshopped. Perhaps as someone else suggested, an animal got into the tent. That would also possibly explain why they didn't know what she looked like.

    Something I haven't seen mentioned here is that the composite sketch is of her 20 or so years ago when she would have had the surgery. So, she would have looked much older than that when she was found.

    If it weren't for the map, I might suggest that it seems like suicide. The book seems like an awful coincidence. If she didn't have anything else with her, it's hard to believe she was just "passing through" on her travels. But she can't be from Kenora, surely someone would have identified her.

    My gut feeling is that she might be from Winnipeg, given that all her items are Canadian, and that bookmark was from a store in Winnipeg. Puzzling that nobody has reported her missing. Perhaps she had no more ties to family.

    I wonder what came of the plan to send the sketch to dental surgeons? You would think something might have come of that.


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    Quote Originally Posted by squish View Post
    I was going to have this exact same surgery but decided against it. It is to treat a class-3 malocclusion, ie an underbite. Before surgery, the woman would have had a too-small upper jaw and a protruding lower jaw, resulting in flat looking cheeks, and the jaw and chin looking very prominent. People with this problem often have thin-looking lips, especially the top lip, due to the way the underbite distorts them, and the profile of the nose usually looks prominent because it sticks out from the flat cheeks (caused by the sunken upper jaw). ...
    When I first read the description of the jaw surgery, this is exactly what I was thinking of. I had the option of doing this, as well. I had a class-3 malocclusion and my jaw protrudes. Instead, I opted for 4 years of adult braces to fix it When my orthodontist looked at the casts he made of my teeth prior to treatment, he had to check the upper arch to make sure he had the right one, because he described it as looking like a child's upper arch.

    It's interesting what you say about the features. I have flat cheeks (and a bit of fat on my face), so I've never had much in the way of cheekbones. I also have a significantly thinner lip on top (my mother had thin lips, but I have no idea if she had an underbite, as well).

    I imagine her with a thinner upper lip than what the reconstruction shows. As it is now, it looks like she has a larger upper lip, which would be more indicative of an overbite.

    Just an interesting note about her shoes—the soles are worn in the same way mine get worn down. I supinate (walk with my ankles rolling out). What happens during the gait cycle is that you strike with the heel of your foot, angle out to the side, but then don't follow through with your step to the end of the foot. As a result, your heels get worn down quickly (and the front of your shoe shows little wear). I've have to be diligent about keeping heel taps on my shoes or else the heels will wear down in weeks to months, depending on the quality of the sole. Probably not going to help identify her, but she may have been part of that small fraction of the population with that type of gait.


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    Bumping this case. This is fairly recent and there is so much information to go on. Surely someone can solve this.

    As an FYI, Kenora, ON is within 100 miles of the US border. She may be American.


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    The book deals with suicide,perhaps explaining why L.E. have not provided a photo or sketch and possibly making height difficult to pinpoint if (sorry) death was result of a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
    A Long Way Down
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    A Long Way Down
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    Author Nick Hornby
    Country United Kingdom
    Language English
    Publisher Riverhead Books
    Publication date 7 June 2005
    Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback) & Audio CD
    Pages 352 pp
    ISBN ISBN 1573223026
    OCLC Number 56567128

    A Long Way Down is a novel written by British author Nick Hornby, published in 2005. It is a dark comedy, playing off the themes of suicide, angst, depression and promiscuity.

    The story is written in the first-person narrative from the points of view of the four main characters, Martin, Maureen, Jess and JJ. These four strangers happen to meet on the roof of a high building called Topper's House in London on New Year's Eve, each with the intent of committing suicide. Their plans for death in solitude, however, are ruined when they meet. The novel recounts their misadventures as they decide to come down from the roof alive - however temporarily that may be.
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    [QUOTE if (sorry) death was result of a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head..[/QUOTE]

    When you look at the picture of the tent, I've always assumed that it was dirt on the ground. Could it be blood?


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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisB View Post
    [QUOTE if (sorry) death was result of a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head..
    When you look at the picture of the tent, I've always assumed that it was dirt on the ground. Could it be blood?[/quote]

    More than that... check out the picture of the tent again. Notice how the whole back wall of the tent has been edited and replaced with solid grey colour?


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