In late spring back in 2009, a hiker stopped on Rideout Bay along the Winnipeg River. After pitching her tent, she decided to use her hibachi to cook in shelter. It was likely the last decision she ever made.

Her remains were recovered a few days later, and she has never been identified. Investigators have given her the nickname Millie.

Now there's renewed interest in a cold case, as Jan Guppy of Montreal advocates on Millie's behalf. Constable Brittany Dawe of the Kenora OPP detachment says there haven't been any new developments in the case, but officers with the Missing Persons and Unidentified Bodies unit are also helping. 

"When I started my own page, it really was because of the lack of information, the lack of social media, the lack of awareness in Canada," she said.

Her page, Unidentified Human Remains, can be found on Facebook. 

Other advocates include a pair of American researchers, through their site DNA Doe Project. There are also online resources, such as Ancestry.com, which can be enhanced by DNA matches to other services, such as GEDMatch. Commercial DNA testing dates back 20 years, with genealogy sites saying they have millions of customers, as they try to fill in blanks for family trees. 

Guppy says she started working with sites in the U.S. four years ago, when there were about 41,000 unsolved cases. In the Canada, she said the number from the RCMP is closer to 300.

"Some of these people are as young as 18 or 14-years-old and they're still unidentified," she noted, adding infants only a year old are among the unsolved cases.

Description

On June 17, 2009 a hiker walking near the Trans-Canada Highway discovered the body of a White/Caucasian woman in a small, one-person tent located in a wooded area near Miller Rapids Road, Kenora, Ontario, Canada. The woman, believed to be Canadian, was dressed in hiking-type clothing, and equipment for rugged hiking and camping was found near the body. A forensic evaluation revealed the woman was 35 to 55-years-old, 5’ 4, 110 pounds, and had shoulder-length, light brown hair. Cause of death was determined to be accidental carbon monoxide poisoning from a hibachi stove found in the tent. During the autopsy it was discovered the deceased had undergone major reconstruction surgery of her jaw and face, which was most likely conducted in a major surgical hospital 20-30 years prior to her death. Investigators believe she had died in the tent one day to a week prior to being discovered.

Name: None

Date Body Found: June 17, 2009

Race: Uncertain

Gender: Female

Estimated Age: 35 to 55

Estimated PMI: 1-7 Days

Location: Kenora, ON

Agency of Jurisdiction

Kenora Ontario Provincial Police

Brittany Dawe

807-548-5534

For more information:

Unidentified Human Remains

Kenora “Millie” Jane Doe 2009