Students are used to reconstruct the faces of 15 men whose bodies were found in Canada

Students of the New York Academy of Art have united their efforts to provide a boost to the royal Canadian mounted police (RCMP) in reconstructing the faces of 15 unidentified men whose remains have been found in the country between 1972 and 2019.

To achieve to reconstruct these faces, the students of the workshop of sculpture court received a 15 skulls, 14 of which have been provided by the Office of the chief coroner of British Columbia and one from Nova Scotia.

These skulls were initially reproduced faithfully in three dimensions, before being shaped with clay by the students during the last week. Based on the information that could be determined with the aid of the remnants and their knowledge of anatomy, the students were able to reconstruct the faces of the missing.

The RCMP hope that these reconstructions will allow Canadians to recognize those people who are not identified. Although they have been found mostly in British Columbia, these victims could have come from anywhere.

“Behind each face hides a story, and these 15 people deserved to have their story told. We started by using unidentified remains to reveal a face, and we hope to conclude each of their stories by a name,” pointed out the superintendent, principal Marie-Claude Arsenault, by issuing a press release.

Since 2015, the year in which the New York Academy of Art has started sti workshop sculpture court, four reproductions have led to the identification of the victims. This is the first time that the RCMP is working with the students in the sculpture court.