The disappearance of Norman Richard Welsh remains unsolved after 40 years.

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Ontario's Missing Adults

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Vital Statistics
Date Of Birth: September 15, 1944
Age at Time of Disappearance: 31 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 6'1" (185 cm.); 141 lbs. (64 kg.)
Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown hair, cut short; blue eyes. Slim build.
Marks, Scars: Scar on head.
Clothing: Checked knit blue and grey pants; checked black and white shirt; slippers.
Dentals: Has a 2 tooth partial plate and is missing his front upper left tooth, teeth slightly stained.

Circumstances of Disappearance
Welsh was last seen in North Bay, Ontario on July 19, 1976 while on holiday with his mother. An incident occurred July 18, 1976 in the Sturgeon Falls area, and Norman was subsequently brought to the hospital. While in the hospital he was described as bitter and uncooperative wanting to return home to St. Catherines. While being escorted at the North Bay Psychiatric Hospital, he ran off to a wooded area. It is believed he had $14.00 on his person at the time of his disappearance.


Police highlight 40-year-old cold case

Norman Richard Welsh was last seen running towards the bush area on the former North Bay Psychiatric grounds on July 19 in 1976.

Welsh's case is part of a continuing series of media conferences on its unsolved missing person investigations.

Welsh required medication for epilepsy. He was known to have seizures and there was concern he would have difficulty recovering from a seizure on his own.