Human remains found in Washington state have been identified as those of a Keremeos man who went missing in 2007.
Five years after Miguel Joao Goncalves was reported missing by his family in Keremeos, a medical procedure on his hip helped identify his remains.
In 2012, during the weekly B.C. and Washington State multi-agency law enforcement meeting, the Osoyoos RCMP was made aware of an unsolved Okanogan County human remains investigation. A hiker came across skeletal human remains entangled in some riverbank trees along the Okanogan River near Mallot, Wash. in 2008. A medical examiner could only confirm that the remains were of a male between the age of 20 to 50 years old and that he had undergone a surgical procedure where a medical Trochanteric Nail and end cap were implanted. Over the course of 2012 investigative efforts were made by the Osoyoos RCMP and the Okanogan County sheriffs including attempts to determine accurate information regarding the implants with no success.
An investigator with the B.C. Police Missing Persons Centre was conducting a review of historical missing persons cases in the South Okanagan area and recalled the case of Goncalves and his similar procedure with implants. As a result, Goncalves’ medical records were obtained and forwarded to U.S. investigators and medical examiner.
With this new information, a forensic anthropologist was able to confirm the remains were those of Goncalves, who was born in 1961. RCMP said foul play is not suspected in his death.
“Advancing both these investigations to the point of a successful conclusion for the family involved is indicative of the collaborative efforts that exist between B.C. RCMP resources and the strong working relationship between the B.C. RCMP and our U.S. counterparts,” said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk. “It also showcases that files are never closed until solved.”
Moskaluk added the Goncalves family has been informed of the discovery and would like to thank all of the agencies who advanced the investigation.