Coquitlam, BC – On June 5, 1977, a man wearing a distinctive silver ring, a fashionable silver bracelet and two puka shell necklaces was found in Sasamat Lake. The police investigation concluded that the man had probably gone for a swim and drowned. Nobody could figure out his name.
On the 40th anniversary of this mystery the Coquitlam RCMP want your help to solve it.
The unidentified man was quite fashionable for 1977; he had brown hair with long sideburns, brown eyes, a complicated upper dental plate, jeans, and a comb in his back pocket. He was about 25-years-old, six feet tall and 180 pounds.
“This guy wore pretty hip jewelry for the time and he cared about his appearance so we are sure someone is missing him,” says Corporal Dennis Morrison with the Coquitlam RCMP Investigative Support Team, “this man was someone’s brother, boyfriend, or buddy, and we’re hoping one of those people comes forward and gives us the missing link in this file.”
The unidentified man’s shoes, socks and shirt were never found. There were no injuries that suggested foul play and the man had been in the water several weeks. Corporal Morrison believes someone drove the unidentified man to the lake but never talked to police. The drowned man’s peers would be about 65-years-old today.
If someone recognizes the description of the man or his jewellery please call Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 and ask for Corporal Morrison. The BC Coroner is also working on this file and can be reached at 1-877-660-5077.