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article imageWho killed the 'The Nation River Lady'? Special

By KJ Mullins     May 5, 2010 in Crime
Casselman - Thirty-five years ago a farmer found a woman floating in the Nation River in Casselman, Ontario. Today the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is no closer to knowing the identity of the 'Nation River Lady'.
May 3, 1975 was the day a local farmer came across a woman who had been brutally murdered in the Nation River. The victim had been strangled with a piece of cable television wire and bound with men's neckties. She was wearing just a blue undershirt and had no ID on her body.
The Nation River Lady could have been in the water since the fall of 1974 or for just three weeks prior to her discovery.
The cold case is still being investigated lead by Detective Inspector Guy Faucher. The police believe she was thrown into the river from the west bound Highway 417 lane bridge at the Nation River.
Faucher said during a phone interview that the victim did not have children.
"The evidence at what was left at what is believed to be where The Nation River Lady was dropped into the river points to the victim being killed in another location," Faucher said, "We believe that she was in the river for about four weeks but if she had been frozen she could have been dead longer than that prior to her discovery."
Faucher and his team have recovered over 300 missing persons reports from that time period and come up empty.
"The dental work from the victim was published in the Ontario Dental Journal," Faucher said, "We believe that she could have been from another area of Canada or even out of the country because of this."
Faucher is hopeful that a reward of $50,000 could lead to identifying the victim and solving her murder.
"We hope that people will view the updated composite picture and give us a tip," Fauncher stressed, "None of our cases are ever closed until we have the answers."
The Nation River Lady was slight, she was only 100 pounds and 5'3". At some time during her life she had her appendix removed. She also had extensive dental work completed and was wearing partial dentures at the time of her death.
The Nation River Lady was white and between the ages of 25 to 50. Her dark brown hair had been dyed reddish-blonde and she had painted, manicured fingernails.
The Government of Ontario is offering a $50,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the murderer of the "Nation River Lady".
Anyone having information about the "Nation River Lady" or her murder is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Location of where The Nation River Lady was found
Location of where The Nation River Lady was found
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Location of where The Nation River Lady was found
Location of where The Nation River Lady was found
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