Calgary

Man buried under false name in Calgary

Calgary police are trying to identify a man who was buried more than a year ago under someone else's name.

Police appeal for help to find real identity of man known as 'Golo'

Calgary police are trying to identify a man who was buried more than a year ago under someone else's name.

A man known by the Chinese nickname of 'Golo,' seen in this photo provided by police, was of average height and between 45 and 55 years old. He also wore glasses and had an earring in his left ear. ((Calgary Police Service))

The mystery man died in Calgary's Foothills Hospital on May 21, 2009. He had been admitted under a false name, address and health-care number.

Det. Carlos de Menezes said it wasn't until April of this year that police realized the mistake when they stopped a vehicle in Calgary and found the driver had the same name, address and birthdate as the deceased man.

"That person was subsequently taken to our arrest processing unit for fingerprinting to substantiate his identification. He had fingerprints on file, which those prints were compared to," he said.

De Menezes said it seems the man whose identity police now believe was stolen was a casual acquaintance of the deceased and knew him only by the Chinese nickname of "Golo," which means "tall guy."

The detective said there is no evidence the now-deceased man used the false identity for financial gain. His death is not considered to be criminal in nature.

Police want to track down "Golo's" family so they can notify his next of kin.

De Menezes said police may have to exhume the body from Queen's Park Cemetery to determine his real name.

Police are asking anyone who has information relating to the real identity of "Golo" to contact them at 403-567-6300 or 403-266-1234, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.