Nova Scotia

Police want help identifying dead Dartmouth man

Police are asking for the public's help identifying a man who was found dead in the washroom of a Dartmouth restaurant earlier this week.
Police have released this sketch of an unidentified man who was found dead in a Dartmouth washroom. (Halifax Regional Police)

Police are asking for the public's help identifying a man who was found dead in the washroom of a Dartmouth restaurant earlier this week.

On Monday at 1:43 a.m., Halifax Regional Police were called to a business on the 500 block of Portland Street.

Staff at the business had located the man in the washroom and called 911, said Halifax Regional Police Const. Brian Palmeter.

"It was determined that he had entered the restaurant and gone directly into the bathroom and then was located by staff," he told CBC News on Friday.

Palmeter said the unidentified man — who is believed to have entered the unnamed restaurant 1½ to two hours before he was found — was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy concluded there was no foul play in his death.

"Investigators have been knocking on doors, going to businesses and doing what they can. We've also sent pictures around to police officers to see if anybody might recognize him and so far we haven't had any luck so we had a sketch made," said Palmeter.

"We believe it's possible he might live in the area and there was a bike found that was not claimed at that location and so we are exploring the lead that he might have been riding a bike but that's not confirmed at this point."

The deceased man was wearing this jacket when he was found. (Halifax Regional Police)

The man is described as white, between 55 and 65 years old, five feet eight inches tall, weighing 170 pounds with thinning blond and grey hair.

He has freckles and a scar on his left jaw bone.

At the time he was found, the man was wearing a green, red and black jacket and a white baseball hat with black diamonds.

"We're hoping that somebody might recognize it and be able to provide some information, either where the man might have lived or who he was so that we can obviously notify his family," said Palmeter.

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