Warning: this article contains graphic images and histories, including murder, suicide, and sexual violence.
Montreal is among the safest major cities in the world, despite a rise in violent crime across Canada this year.
But still the city has had its share of myserious deaths, disappearances, and unidentified remains.
The Montreal police department compiles a haunting online list of unsolved deaths and encourages site visitors to "not hesitate to share this information on social media."
Below, we've created a list of some of the most mysterious cases. All information comes directly from the police website. If you have a tip for police regarding one of these individuals, you can submit it to the SPVM here. You can also submit information anonymously here.
Case number: 48-981110-007
On November 10th, 1998, the unidentified remains of a male were found in a shipping container from Italy. No one knows exactly how or why he got there. Did he expect to travel to Montreal? Or was he simply taking shelter and then unexpectedly found himself isolated and without supplies in the middle of the ocean?
Case number: 25-891010-024
In October 1989, the remains of an unidentified man from Romania were discovered in the skylight of a condo building. He likely died from a fall, but no one is sure of the circumstaces behind the fall, nor why the man had travelled from eastern Europe.
Case number: 41-910301-009 (image at the left)
On March 1, 1991, a man was found dead and completely naked in Parc Louisbourg. More terrifying yet: both of his hands were violently removed. The state of the body definitely indicates this man suffered a horrific death. But there are no leads as to the identity of the murderer or their motive. This image is an artist's representation of the victim's face.
Case number: 27-990917-002 (image on the right)
On September 17, 1999, this man died in a car crash in the Ahuntsic area of Montreal. But this seemingly random and easily explained death produced a profound mystery. The man is totally unidentifiable.
Case number: 31-950202-039
On February 2nd, 1995, a man was found dead in a Montreal apartment. Among his belongings were a single piece of paper with the name "Bruno Slezak Josef" and mentions of a wife and child that he left in Germany. But despite this identifying information, police have not been able to find record of such an individual. His true identity remains a mystery.
Case number: 18-990921-029 (image at left)
On September 21, 1999, this man fell and died on the trakcs at Lionel Groulx metro station. Nothing indicates his death was a suicide. So did he really fall accidentally?
Case number: 20-051020-027 (image at right)
On September 12, 2005 this man entered the Royal Victoria Hospital calling himself tified himself John Boudreau or Boudreault but officials could not verify his identity. He died shortly thereafter.
Case number: 13-120312-036
On March 12, 2012, the body of a man was found in the ice of the St. Lawrence River in Lasalle. The man was inappropriately dressed for the winter weather, suggesting he did not fall in the river by accident. But there are no leads on a possible murder.
Case number: 48-130604-022 (image at left)
On June 4, 2013 this man was found in the waters of the St. Lawrence River. With a new pack of cigarettes and a copy of The Lord of the Rings in his backpack, this man likely did not expect to fall and die in the river. His death could have been an accident, though the complete lack of identifying information despite the several personal items he carried is definitely mysterious.
Case number: 05-990709-012 (image at right)
This case is particularly harrowing. On 9 July 1999, a man calmly laid himself over the train tracks in the Montreal area where he was crushed by a train.
Catherine Daviau (image at left)
In December 2008, a predator entered Daviau's home on 5th avenue, sexual assaulted and violently murdered her. He then set fire to her home in an attempt to remove evidence. He is still on the loose.
Monique Gravel (image at right)
Gravel was a nurse and teacher at the Cégep St-Laurent. Police discovere her car abandonned in the middle of the street with her keys on thr ground not far away, indicating that she abruptly left and ran from the vehicle. The police do not specify the manner in which she died, calling it only a "violent" death.