In rare move, OPP release photo of unidentified man fatally injured on Highway 417

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OTTAWA — Acknowledging the measure as a “unique step,” Ottawa’s OPP detachment has released a photograph of an unidentified deceased man who died after being seriously injured on Highway 417 in Ottawa this summer.

The incident occurred Aug. 12 in the area of the Pinecrest and Greenbank interchange at approximately 10 p.m. The male was transported to hospital but later succumbed to his injuries.

The image released by the Ottawa OPP. The detachment hopes the unusual move of publicizing the photo will help identify the deceased man.

The victim is described as white, 25 to 35 years old, approximately 5′ 10″, 200 lbs, with short reddish-brown hair and a goatee. When he was found, the man wore a t-shirt, Fila shorts — navy blue with red and white stripes — and black size 12 Vans shoes.

He had been riding a black and silver Louis Garneau mountain bike, with a red water bottle holder and a pink cable lock.

A sketch of the deceased was released in August, but the OPP has not received any information that would lead to identifying him.

While “sensitive to the disturbing nature of the photo,” which was taken after the man’s death, the OPP says it is committed to taking “every possible step to identify the victim and bring this investigation to a conclusion.”

If you have any information as to the identity of this male, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or your nearest police authority. If you would like to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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