Nation River Lady is the name given to an unidentified female body that was found in the Nation River in Casselman, Ontario. Her body was located around 100 years away from the Highway 417 bridge. She was found on the 3rd of May, 1975.
Nation River Lady had been strangled to death with a cable, and a kitchen towel had also been knotted at the back of her neck to create a ligature.
Investigators found blood on the bridge which belonged to the unknown woman. They originally thought that blood suggested that the woman had been thrown off the bridge and had been in the river sometime between a week and a month before she was found. In 2005, the evidence was looked over again and it was suggested that she could have been in the river since the late summer of 1974.
Nation River Lady is described as being a white female with naturally dark brown hair that had been dyed a reddish blonde. She was between 25 and 50 years old, 5’2″ to 5’6″ tall and weighed approximately 99-100 pounds. She had received extensive dental work in life, but her teeth were in poor condition.
Most of her natural teeth need fillings, and she had stains on her teeth that suggested she was either a smoker, drinker or both. She had a noticeable gap between her two front teeth, and she had partial dentures and porcelain teeth on both jaws. It was originally thought that the dentures were manufactured outside of Canada, but recent information suggests that the type of dentures she had were commonly used in Southern Ontario.
Nation River Lady also had an appendectomy scar. There was no indication that she had ever given birth or carried out a pregnancy. Her fingernails and toenails were in very good condition and well-groomed, they were painted with bright pink or red nail polish. She also had webbed toes.
The only item of clothing Nation River Lady was wearing was a blue bodysuit. A curtain rod runner was found in her left armpit. The cable that had been used to strangle her was a flat, plastic-covered television cable that had splatters of grey paint on it. The cable was manufactured in Renfrew, Ontario and was sold in eastern Ontario and western Quebec.
Two men’s neckties had been used to bind Nation River Lady’s ankles and one necktie was used to bind her hands. One tie was striped with three different shades of blue, and one tie was red, grey and white with a diamond-shaped pattern. However, the most unique necktie was known as the “Canada tie”. This tie was blue and red, with three Canadian emblems on it. Investigators found that this tie was manufactured in Montreal, and sold in stores in Quebec and Eastern Ontario.
Two green fringed towels that were measured to be 70″ by 48″ were found wrapped around Nation River Lady’s head. Three other towels were found close to her body. One was a white and red “Irish Toast” tea towel that was discovered to be sold for $1.39 CAN. This towel was manufactured in Ireland and exported to Toronto and Ontario, and then sold at stores in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.
A red and white “J Cloth” brand towel, along with a 70″ by 40″ orange, yellow and green towel with flowers on it towel were also found close to her body.
During the original investigation, a store clerk from Marmora, Ontario, said that he remembered selling a tie to a couple. The woman he described matched the victim, and he said that the man was between 5″4′ and 5″6′ and around 35 years old. The store clerk could not remember the date on which he sold the tie to them.
Nation River Lady was laid to rest in a Toronto cemetery in 1987. Over 300 missing person reports have been ruled out as being her. She is currently undergoing testing by the DNA Doe Project.
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