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Investigators reveal identity of severed head found at CBS in 2001

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A key question in an unsolved case that has puzzled police and the public for the past two decades has finally been answered. But now, as the investigation enters a new phase, it raises even more questions.

A severed head found near Minerals Road in Conception Bay South in 2001 was finally identified using genetic genealogy. RNC Constable James Cadigan says police at the time exhausted all available investigative methods to identify the skull.

Despite cross-referencing known missing persons cases, an extensive search of the area, DNA and dental analysis, a forensic skull and facial reconstruction, and tips from across North America, they were unable to identify the remains.

According to RNC, the remains have now been positively identified and, thanks to genetic genealogy, belong to Cuban citizen Temistocle Casas, also known as “Temy.” In January 2022, a match was made with a distant cousin through GEDmatch, but that relative knew nothing about the victim.

In February of this year, a match was made with a first cousin, and that cousin was able to connect investigators with Casas' immediate family, who confirmed his identity.

Casas arrived in Quebec City from Cuba on a tourist visa in April 1992, but there is no record of his travel to Newfoundland and Labrador.

It is believed that he was in his early 30s when he died, possibly in the late 1990s.

The police are now trying to find out where and how he died and how his head ended up in Newfoundland.

They hope to speak to Joanne Bergeron, who probably spent some time in Cuba before April 1992, where she worked as a travel agent. She would now be about 68 years old.

A special email address ([email protected]) has been set up for anyone with information that could help investigators.

Information may also be shared by calling 729-8000 or 1-800-222-8477.

Previous history

An update comes today that sheds light on the identity of a severed human head found near Minerals Road in Conception Bay South in 2001.

The man's identity remained unknown for years despite numerous tips from the police and at least two forensic facial reconstructions.

The deciding factor was the man's genetic genealogy and identity, which remained a mystery for 23 years and has now finally been revealed.

The remains belong to a Cuban identified by the Fifth Estate as Temestocle Casas.

RNC Constable James Cadigan meets with the media this morning at 11:30 a.m.

VOCM News will be there.