O.P.P. hoping for leads in dead hiker cold case

In this Dec. 11, 2015 photo provided by the O.P.P., these pair of glasses for a near-sighted person were worn by a man found dead on a ski trail near Deep River, Ont. on Sept. 5, 2001. (O.P.P. via Newswatch Group)

WARNING: The bottom of this story contains a photo of the deceased, provided by O.P.P. for identification purposes. The photo may be disturbing to some. Discretion is advised.

DEEP RIVER – Provincial police are hoping to unearth some clues in hopes of identifying a man found dead on a remote cross-country ski trail 14 years ago near Deep River, Ont.

The man was found at a rest area on the trail on Sept. 5, 2001.

He is described as white, 5-foot-4, 130 pounds, a slim build, with good teeth, no tattoos or scars and was in good physical health.

He was wearing a blue Eagle Creek Travel Brand knapsack and had several hiking items in it.

Also in the knapsack were a Levi pocket watch with a blue face and built in compass, a luggage tag from a Costa Rican airline, and laundry bag from the Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto, matches from the Sheraton Hotel, W Hotels and Barclay Hotel in Vancouver, as well as two GNC protein bars.

An autopsy shows the man died of natural causes and no foul play is suspected.

Investigators believe the man travelled throughout Canada, specifically western Canada, as well as the United States and possibly Costa Rica.

If you have any information about the identity of this man you’re asked to call Det. Insp. Rob Hagerman of the Criminal Investigations Branch at 613-735-0188 or 1-888-310-1122.

In this Dec. 11, 2015 photo provided by the O.P.P., authorities are hoping the public may have some tips in identifying this man found dead on a ski trail near Deep River, Ont. on Sept. 5, 2001. (O.P.P. via Newswatch Group)
In this Dec. 11, 2015 photo provided by the O.P.P., authorities are hoping the public may have some tips in identifying this man found dead on a ski trail near Deep River, Ont. on Sept. 5, 2001. (O.P.P. via Newswatch Group)
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