Modern forensic analysis helps confirm identity of victim in 2004 cold case

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

Modern forensic analysis and a DNA hit are being credited with identifying a man whose body was found ten years ago.

The skeletal remains were discovered by a hiker in the mountains near North Vancouver in November 2004.

For years, the police and coroners service tried to identify the victim with no luck.

But thanks to the use of a locally developed enhanced identification model and a hit on the BC Coroners Service DNA database, authorities now know the identity.

20-year-old Dante Ponzanetti was reported missing to Vancouver Police in June 2003.

When he went missing, the self-proclaimed card counter’s family said the Thunder Bay Ontario man was in Vancouver to gamble.

Dr. Bill Inkster with the BC Coroner’s Service says the solved mystery has brought Ponzanetti’s family some closure.

“It’s incredibly moving. You may think that the families have moved on and not forgotten, but at least they’ve come to grips with the missing son, brother, father.”

Police are still investigating Ponzanetti’s death.

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