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CANADA REGINA JOHN DOE: WM, 18-29, hit by CP train in Regina, SK - 25 July 1995

Discussion in 'Unidentified 1990 to 1999' started by Jason Futch, Feb 25, 2019.

  1. Jason Futch

    Jason Futch TCCF Host, King of the Highway

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    Artistic rendering of the decedent; Decedent's clothing; Rose broach found in his pocket; Headstone


    Date of Discovery: July 28, 1995
    Location of Discovery: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
    Estimated Date of Death: July 28, 1995
    State of Remains: Unknown
    Cause of Death: Suicide

    Physical Description
    Estimated Age: 18-29 years old
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Height: 175 cm (5'9")
    Weight: 63-72 kg (140-160 lbs.)
    Hair Color: Brown, short, neatly cut.
    Eye Color: Blue
    Distinguishing Marks/Features: Clean-shaven. Stretch marks on either side of his navel indicating he may have been overweight at some point. Believed to be a heavy smoker. No tattoos or surgical scars noted. His nails appeared manicured.

    Dentals: Available
    Fingerprints: Available
    DNA: Available

    Clothing & Personal Items
    Clothing: Blue denim button shirt with a gold crown logo displayed on the left front pocket, grey T-shirt with the words Boca Authentic on the front, faded blue jeans, white socks, and blue and white Reebok high-top basketball running shoes (size 12 1/2). His actual shoe size is 9 3/4.
    Jewelry: Unknown
    Additional Personal Items: A silver rose brooch, sometimes referred to as The Christmas Rose, was in his pocket. A knapsack with some clothing and personal items.

    Circumstances of Discovery
    At 3:38 p.m., two Canadian Pacific Railway employees witnessed a young man come from the ditch on the south side of the tracks at a crossing at 13th Avenue and Courtney Street. When the engineer blew the whistle, the man stepped back from the tracks. Seemingly changing his mind, he then positioned himself in the path of the eastbound, four locomotive train hauling 104 box cars. He was killed instantly.

    He carried no personal identification. He may have been in Kamloops, British Columbia at Padova City Resorts Inc., as he was in possession of one of their T-shirts.

    One of the best leads in the investigation was contact from a witness who believed he had been in the company of the decedent for a few days. He described the two hitchhiking on July 22nd from Strathmore, Alberta to Swift Current, and then to Regina, arriving in the Queen City on July 24, 1995.

    The witness gave police insight into the habits, moods and mannerisms of the decedent and recalled bits of conversation between them. Investigators learned that his manners were impeccable, was well dressed and well groomed. The witness stated that the decedent said his name was Brian and he was from Ontario. He did not seem to be a drifter. He didn't know street slang, and barely knew how to thumb a ride. He enjoyed Stephen King novels and liked discussing politics. He constantly wrote in a diary, but the book was never found. He used a silver fountain pen.

    Police believe he had recently broken up with a woman named Kathy and was probably on his way back east toward where he'd come from. He called himself "David" but it may not be his true name. Police believe he may have been from the Maritimes or New England.

    He is buried in the Southeast portion of Regina's Riverside Cemetery.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    Agency Name: Regina Police Service
    Agency Contact Person: Cold Case Unit
    Agency Phone Number: 306-777-6500
    Agency E-Mail: N/A
    Agency Case Number: RM95028159

    Agency Name: Saskatchewan Justice, Office of the Chief Coroner - South
    Agency Contact Person: N/A
    Agency Phone Number: 866-592-7845
    Agency E-Mail: N/A
    Agency Case Number: 872

    NCIC Case Number: Unknown
    Canada's Missing Case Number: 2012020652

    Information Source(s)
    Regina Police Service
    Saskatchewan Missing Persons
    Canada's Missing
    CBC News Archive (7/28/00)
    The Brandon Sun News Archive (12/9/05)

    Admin Notes
    Added: 12/15/05; Last Updated: 8/28/16

    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 5, 2019
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  2. Jason Futch

    Jason Futch TCCF Host, King of the Highway

    Posting for the upcoming "True Cold Case Files" episode on this John Doe. Surprised we didn't have one up of him already.

    @Kimster I made a mistake on the heading and forgot to add the city and province he was found, but if you think his nickname tells where he was found, I reckon it can be left that way.
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  3. Redrover

    Redrover Well-Known Member

    Anyone know if DNA on file with Canada is cross checked with DNA on file in the US? If so, are they cross checked on a regular basis or is it done by request the first time and then must be requested again? Just wondering.
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  4. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    Awww...My Mom has. Well I have it now. A pin just like that. It must have meant a great deal to him. Maybe his own Mother or Aunt or Grandmother.
  5. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    Good question. I personally don't know.
  6. Jason Futch

    Jason Futch TCCF Host, King of the Highway

    Usually RCMP and the DOJ share databases, so I reckon they may have already crosschecked to exhaustion regarding this case. However, I recently found out that DDP was interested in working some international cases in Canada and Europe. Only problem is trying to see if jurisdiction could be a problem working these cases from the US. It could be complicated.

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