Friday, December 28, 2018

Halifax John Doe - Halifax, Nova Scotia 2004

By Dark Sleuth

Halifax John Doe
(Source: CBC)
In early October 2004, the body of a man was found in the woods near a Petro-Canada station, close to the Halifax Stanfield International Airport.  Authorities estimated that he had been dead for 10 days.  

He was described as a black man, weighing approximately 160 pounds and 5'11" tall.  He wore his hair in dreadlocks.  He also had a beard.  Authorities estimated he was in his late 20s or early 30s.  Both of his ears were pierced, but no jewelry was found. 

Halifax John Doe wore "a multi-colored dress shirt, Emilio-brand grey sweater, Lee blue jeans, and a new beige Timberland hiking boots."   A pair of Dolce and Gabbana prescription glasses, a flashlight and a McKinley brand backpack were located near his body.  There were several articles of clothing folded neatly inside the backpack.  Unfortunately no identifying documents were found. 

Items found near Halifax John Doe's body
(Source: CBC)
A forensic anthropologist noted that Halifax John Doe "had characteristics of both black African populations as well as white European populations"
According to authorities, he had broken his leg before he died and it didn't properly heal.  Dr. Tanya Peckmann stated that he "either didn't get modern medical treatment or removed the cast before his leg healed."    

Authorities ruled out foul play as the cause of death.   His DNA profile is on file.

Important Note:  Sources list Halifax John Doe's discovery date differently.  Some articles state he was found October 8 or 9.  The National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains states he was found on October 12, 2004. 

Physical Characteristics:
Gender: Male
Race: Black, possibly mixed race (White)
Age: estimated late 20s - early 30s
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 160 pounds
Hair: black, dreadlocks
Build: Medium 
Additional:  Pierced ears. Improperly healed leg fracture- may not have received modern medical treatment or cast was prematurely removed.  

If you have any information on this case please contact: 

Halifax Regional Police:
Tel: 902-490-5333 
Reference Case # 2011-55984 

Crime Stoppers:  (You can remain anonymous)
Tel:  1-800-222-TIPS(8477)

National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains
Case # 2014031015:

Sources of Information:

National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains
Case # 2014031015

Doe Network

CBC News, "The enduring mystery of Nova Scotia's two unidentified bodies," by David Burke, November 26, 2018:

CBC News, "Mystery man's identification unknown, 10 years after death," October 9, 2014:

CBC News, "Forensic experts sketch out dead man's identity," November 23, 2006: