Septic Tank Sam

UPDATE JUNE 29th, 2021

A man whose death in Alberta has fascinated armchair detectives for years has finally been identified by the RCMP using genetic genealogy, The Fifth Estate has learned. The victim, whose name is expected to be released on Wednesday, was nicknamed Septic Tank Sam by the RCMP after he was found in a septic tank at a rural farm just outside Tofield, Alta., on April 13, 1977. The farm was owned by Mavis and Charlie McLeod, both now deceased. 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/septic-tank-sam-killed-1977-1.6083537

June 6th, 2021

Its probably a good thing this guy is dead or at least I hope he did something really bad to get death the way he got. Because the name “Septic Tank Sam” Is a Shitty Nick Name.

Septic Tank Sam is the nickname given to an unidentified murder victim who was found in a septic tank thirteen kilometres (8.1 mi) west of Tofield, Alberta on April 12th, 1977. RCMP believe he may have been murdered as early as April 1976. Authorities suspect he was not from Alberta, but most likely worked as a migrant worker. If the victim was from the area, odds are there would have been a missing person’s report on him or a close family member would have reported him missing so police surmised he was a transient. However, they can’t be certain because the victim was never identified. Sam was found wearing a blue Levi shirt with snap buttons, a gray t-shirt, blue jeans, and imitation Wallabee shoes. His decomposed body was wrapped in a yellow bed sheet and tied up with a nylon rope. Sam was found by a local couple scavenging their abandoned property for a septic tank pump. After seeing his leg bobbing in their old septic tank, they alerted the Tofield Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment. Two officers came to the scene to recover Sam’s body, where they spent an hour emptying the 1.8 meter deep septic tank with empty ice cream pails.

A medical examiner in Edmonton determined Sam to be a white guy although another medical examiner in Oklahoma said he could of been native. If you have been to that region of Alberta its all white or native so that doesn’t narrow it down that much. Retired RCMP Sgt. Jim Warren, who was a junior constable at the Tofield detachment in 1979 and worked on the file, said that if the victim was from a northern Native village, his family may not have seen the sketch. His bones and teeth suggested he suffered from an unspecified illness at five years old. Sam’s cause of death was two gunshots to the head and chest, although it was possible there could have been more if any of the bullets did not reach his skeleton. Before his death, Sam had been tortured; he had been beaten, tied up, burned with a small butane torch and cigarettes, and sexually mutilated with farm shears. The sexual mutilation was so severe that the medical examiner took several months to positively identify him as a male. Based on the burn marks on his shirt sleeves, Sam could have been tied to a bed while tortured. After Sam’s death, he had been covered in quicklime, most likely in an attempt to hasten decomposition. RCMP investigating the case described the murder as one of the most vindictive and sadistic they had ever seen. Forty-two years later the murder remains an unsolved Alberta cold case.

Due to a lack of evidence in the septic tank, Sam was most likely murdered elsewhere and the septic tank was only a dumpsite. Sam’s murderers are believed to have known him, due to how viciously he had been killed. It is also suspected Sam’s murderers were Tofield locals or were familiar with the area, due to the location of Sam’s dumpsite being on a rural property. Some Tofield and area residents thought criminals or drug dealers from Edmonton used the Lindbrook septic tank to dump the body. Others believed the killer was someone local. They surmised who else but someone local knew about the abandoned septic tank? After all, the septic tank was hidden in a remote area on a two-and-half-acre lot off what was then Hwy 14. They said what were the chances of criminals from Edmonton finding a barely visible septic tank? Besides, Wye Road – from Sherwood Park to Lindbrook – has many spots with miles and miles of only thick trees and muskeg, perfect for dumping and hiding a body. Back in 1977, the deserted stretch of highway was even less populated with more locations for criminals/drug dealers from Edmonton to dump a body. They didn’t have to drive about 45 minutes to Lindbrook and increase the risk of being caught. Still, Sgt. Lammerts said if someone from Edmonton dumped the body in Lindbrook, then perhaps the killer(s) went to the area first looking for a dumpsite before committing the crime.

Sam’s body has been exhumed from his unmarked grave in an Edmonton cemetery twice. In 1979, Sam’s remains were flown out to Clyde Snow and Betty Gatliff, Forensic anthropologist and medical illustrator at the Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma who had been creating 3D facial composites from skulls since 1967. Along with creating a facial composite for Sam, the two could tell by measuring his hands that he was right-handed. Snow believed Sam to be of Indigenous origin and around 35 years old, contradicting the RCMP’s belief of Sam being a European Canadian and between 26 and 32. Sam was exhumed and reconstructed for the second time in 2000 by Cyril Chan, who was with the Edmonton medical examiner’s office at the time.

The 1,200 residents of Tofield at the time were horrified to hear of Sam’s murder. Farmers checked their own septic tanks for bodies and business owners worried that Sam’s murderers could have been regular customers. Many speculated Sam had been sexually mutilated due to committing a sex crime or being unfaithful in a relationship. Ed Lammerts, one of the officers who helped recover Sam’s body, has since retired. He believes Sam will never be identified, despite sending X-rays of Sam’s teeth to 800 Albertan dentists coupled with publishing them in dental magazines, and spending $1,000,000 CAD on the case.

Characteristics

  • He still had all of his teeth, some fillings, and had signs of recent dental work.
  • Medium build.
  • Dark hair.
  • His eye color is unknown.
  • Measurements of his hands suggested he was right-handed.
  • Examination of his bones and teeth revealed he suffered from an unspecified illness at five years old.

Clothing

  • Blue ‘Levi‘ work shirt with snap buttons.
  • Gray T-shirt.
  • Blue jeans.
  • Gray wool socks.
  • Brown imitation ‘Wallabee’ shoes.

Links

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Septic_Tank_Sam

https://unidentified.wikia.org/wiki/Septic_Tank_Sam

https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/could-new-national-dna-database-provide-a-break-in-one-of-albertas-most-gruesome-cold-cases

Albertapress

2016 Montreal Metro Train John Doe

On April 20th, 2016 just after midnight a man was found dead at Charlevoix metro station in what appeared to be a suicide. Witnesses have stated the decedent jumped in front of a metro train at the Charlevoix Station in the Pointe-Sainte-Charles neighbourhood of Montréal. The deceased is black male with dark skin, who stood 5’9 and weighed about 130. He was wearing a black Old Navy wool coat, a white and black T-shirt with the slogan MTBONWE, a blue sweatshirt, beige pants and Adidas “Stan Smith” white sneakers with red trim.

Links

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/montreal-trying-to-identify-man-who-died-in-charlevoix-metro-station-1.3089497

https://unidentified.wikia.org/wiki/Montréal_John_Doe_(2016)

http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/3337umqc.html

https://www.services.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/missing-disparus/case-dossier.jsf?case=2017057938

2017 Edmonton John Doe

Police have released composite sketches of a dead man whose identity has remained a mystery for almost 4 years. On June 1, 2017, police found a body on the bank of the North Saskatchewan River just south of Dawson Bridge. The man is described as being six-feet tall (although a newer report has him listed at 5’6) and possibly had dark brown or black hair. When discovered, he wore dark-coloured jeans with a brown belt, a black quarter-zip fleece sweater, a dark brown or black jacket and brown leather-strapped sandals with black soles. When located they weren’t sure of the mans race. Which doesn’t narrow it down too much as Edmonton is a very diverse city. I thought it would of been easier but I guess not, his body was that badly decomposed. So there are different types of sketches made.

He also was carrying a silver alarm clock. Police do not believe that there was foul play involved.

Someone must know who this is. Even his age is wide open. One report has him 18-70 years old?

Links

http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/3393umab.html

https://unidentified.wikia.org/wiki/Edmonton_John_Doe_(2017)

https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/police-seek-publics-assistance-in-identifying-dead-man

https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/police-hope-3d-modelling-will-help-identify-body-found-3-years-ago-in-edmonton-1.4919974

https://www.services.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/missing-disparus/case-dossier.jsf?case=2017076047&id=1

2012 Cochrane John Doe

Cochrane John Doe was a man whose partial remains were found on October 13th, 2012 by children playing near the vicinity of Highway 22 and Township Road 252 near Cochrane, Alberta, Canada. It was reported that the children had found only the skull, but it is unknown whether other bones were found later at the scene. It is believed that the remains had been decomposing there for less than a year before they were found. No clothing or jewelry was recovered. His skull showed signs of a previous broken nose that had healed, and medical examiners were able to get full dental records, DNA samples, as well as a 3-D representation of how John Doe would have likely appeared while alive.

The Calgary medical examiner has determined the remains belong to a white male between the ages of 20 and 60. Yet other reports claim he is between 18-30, which looks more accurate. He almost looks like he may of been a ginger. He once had a broken nose that had healed. RCMP say the remains had been decomposing for less than a year, before Oct. 13, 2012.

Children playing outside their home, just south of town, came across what locals describe as a human head around 10:50 a.m. MT.

LINK

There was one point that the RCMP thought the remains were those of missing at the time Ryan Lane. But it was proven not to be when he was discovered somewhere else.

In order to protect the integrity of the investigation, RCMP are unable to comment on the state of decomposition or the particulars of the found human remains.

Anyone with information is asked to call the RCMP tip line at: (403) 699-2709, the Cochrane RCMP at 403-851-8000 or can anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Links

http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2228umab.html

https://unidentified.wikia.org/wiki/Cochrane_John_Doe_(2012)

https://www.airdrietoday.com/local-news/human-remains-discovered-on-rural-property-near-cochrane-1407210

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/report-of-human-head-remains-investigated-near-cochrane-1.1219639

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/10/15/possible-human-remains-found-near-cochrane_n_1967050.html

https://www.cochranetoday.ca/local-news/human-remains-identified-as-male-between-18-and-30-1446236

The teeth indicate he may of been a drug user.

Baby Innocence

On April 20, 1984, the body of a newborn white male child was found by several children playing along the banks of the Seine River near the CNR mainline bridge in the vicinity of Notre Dame Street and Nadeau Avenue in St. Boniface an area of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
The baby’s body was found in a shallow grave near the waters edge and was partially exposed as a result of the spring run off. The baby was likely buried there in the late fall of 1983 and stayed outside all winter. It appears that the baby was a newborn and was birthed shortly before his death and burial on the river bank. The child was wrapped in towels and plastic bags.
A white male in his early 20’s was spotted in the area in the late summer or early fall of 1983 carrying an infant child, but he has never been identified
 and no one recognized the man.

Find a Grave

Regina John Doe

In 1995 a man maybe named Brian who went by Dave killed himself. Two CP rail police watched a man cut into their yard, lay down on the tracks, and moments later hit by a freight train. He was killed instantly and he had no ID with him. The man was well dressed, clean, and appeared to be well educated. He was believed to be in his early 20’s. He loved to talk about Stephen King novels, nice cars, and talking politics. He had a lion king cassette with him. He was described as “preppy” and said he was travelling out from Ontario. Some however believe due to his accent he may of been from the Maritimes. The days before he died he met hitch hiker Randy Wakelin.

On July 22nd, 1995 Randy and “Dave” traveled from Strathmore, Alberta to Swift Current, Saskatchewan. The two looked for carnival jobs for several days with no luck. Randy claimed that “Dave” had no idea how to live the transient life. Saying he knew nothing about drugs, no street slang, and he could barely hitch a ride. He appeared to be well educated and spoke about Universities out east. He never made any real eye contact with anyone. One thing Randy noticed was when they stopped to eat “Dave” would un fold a napkin on his lap. He also talked about how much he loved the ocean. Randy was also sure that “Dave” had an Ontario birth certificate.

“Dave” also kept a diary, which he wrote in with a silver fountain pen. The diary has never been recovered. “Dave” did not like to talk about his family and it was believed that they may be wealthy. He did speak a lot of a woman named Kathy whom he use to date. Until she left him for another man. The Christmas Brooch pictured above seemed to be “Dave’s” most prized possession. It was found with him when he died. It may of belonged to Kathy.

“Dave” was 5’9” and 18-30 years old. He may have spent time in Kamloops, British Columbia, at Padova City Resorts Inc.⁣

Regina John Doe’s fingerprints were compared with those of data bases in Canada, the US, and Europe with no matches. Which means he was probably never fingerprinted. One report noted that he did have scars on his wrists. No missing persons reports matched his. Minus Randy no one has came forward saying they knew him.

Links

https://unidentified.wikia.org/wiki/Dave

https://www.canadaunsolved.com/cases/unidentified-regina-john-doe-1995-regina-sk

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/10-years-later-train-death-victim-still-john-doe-1.530656

http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/720umsk.html

Hamilton John Doe

On April 7th, 2007 a 32 year old figure skating coach looked outside of her home in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She seen an object sitting perfectly at the end of her driveway. She thought the yellowy white skull belonged to animal. She kicked the skull into a nearby ditch. A couple of days later one evening a neighbor was walking their dog near the figure skaters house. They seen the object that the neighbor kicked into the ditch and upon further investigation on it discovered it was a human skull. On April 18th, 2007 the Hamilton Police along with local search and rescue

After being able to match the skull to remains investigators believed the Hamilton John Doe could of died as early as the spring of 2006 or even the fall of 2005. He was wearing a water proof army brand watch with a blue face on his left wrist. The watch cost at least $400 and weren’t made after 2003.

The Hamilton Police have tried to link Hamilton John Doe to other missing persons cases but have had no luck. Hamilton John Doe is believed to be between 40-65 and was 5’6-6’0 tall. DNA was taken from his femur and is available for matching. No foul play was suspected.

Links

https://www.canadaunsolved.com/cases/unidentified-hamilton-john-doe-hamilton-on

https://unidentified.wikia.org/wiki/Hamilton_John_Doe_(2007)

Kenora “Millie” Jane Doe

On June 17th, 2009 a hiker walking along the Trans Canada Highway found the body of a woman in a one person tent, near Kenora, Ontario, Canada. A week prior at least a day or two before she was found the woman nicknamed “Millie” pitched a tent in the woods along the Winnipeg River. Her cause of death was accidental carbon monoxide poisoning which came from a Hibachi stove which she used to cook in her tent.

The woman was white, between the ages of 33-55, and stood about 5’4 and weighed about 120lbs. Found inside the tent was a copy of the novel “A Long Way Down” by Nick Hornby, with a bookmark from McNally-Robinson Bookstores (locations in Winnipeg and Saskatoon), a bottle of 13 Pfizer pills and medication for back and muscle pain. She wore oval wire-framed glasses. A beaded necklace and hoop earring were also found inside the tent, along with a black duffel bag. She had $75 cash and $2.84 in change (Canadian currency). After investigation on her body it was discovered that “Millie” had undergone reconstruction surgery on her jaw.

Links

https://www.kenoraonline.com/local/can-you-help-identify-millie 

https://dnadoeproject.org/case/kenora-millie-jane-doe-2009/