CASSELMAN – It was a May 3, 1975 when an area farmer discovered the remains of a lone female in the Nation River, a short distance from Highway 417.
The deceased became known as the “Nation River lady,” and OPP investigators are now reintroducing the cold case in an effort to identify who she is, and to seek any information the further the homicide investigation.
She is described as Caucasian, between the ages of 25 and 50-years-old and 5’2” to 5’8” in height with an average build, and weighing roughly 100 pounds. She had brown hair that was dyed a reddish blonde.
Her body was wrapped in two pieces of green cloth, two towels – one depicting an Irish toast and the second displaying multiple flowers. Additionally, a J-cloth, black coaxial cable and a curtain rod runner were with the body. The woman’s hands and feet were bound with neckties – a blue one with small Canadian flag emblems, a blue striped silk tie and a red tie with yellow patterns.
The woman was dressed in a navy blue body suit, which had a collar, buttons three-quarters of the way down the front, long sleeves and snaps that secured in the crotch area.
Her toenails and fingernails were manicured and painted with pink polish, and she had an appendix operation scar, along with partial upper and lower dentures.
A copy of her fingerprints and DNA profile remain on file with the provincial police force.
Under the direction of Det. Insp. Daniel Nadeau of the Criminal Investigation Branch, detectives from the Russell County OPP and East Region Criminal Operations have been reviewing the evidence and exploring investigation options.
An OPP forensic artist/reconstruction analyst has also created a 3D clay facial reconstruction of the Nation River lady.
Anyone with information that could lead to uncovering those responsible for homicide are asked to contact OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or the Nation River lady dedicated tip-line at 613-591-2296.