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Wayne Shank (1947 - October 1, 1977) was a young man who drowned in the waters of Marten Lake in 1977 when the boat he was fishing on capsized. He was found in 2008, but he was not identified until a decade later.


Shank and his father-in-law, James Anderson, were fishing in Marten Lake in Ontario on October 1, 1977, when their boat sprung a leak after hitting a log or some other object in the water.

Shank and James hung on to the overturned boat for several hours before Shank slipped beneath the waves. James was eventually rescued and made it to the coast but no signs of Shank were noticed at the scene. A search for his body was unsuccessful and a death notice was published before the end of the month.


Pattern of pants


On September 11, 2008, more than 30 years after the incident, a male torso was recovered from North Bay, on the shore of Marten Lake.

He was found wearing brown checkered pants and a white undershirt and carrying a small pocket knife held inside of a vinyl or leather case. No form of identification was present.


In early 2018, Shank’s daughter Tracy Resler, of Lethbridge, Alberta, was on a forensic website for missing people in Ontario. The site had allegedly recently been updated with new information that included a swatch of green fabric. Although Tracy Shank was seven when her father drowned, she noticed the clothing with the remains appeared familiar. Afterward, she notified family members to follow the potential lead.

Officials at the Centre for Forensic Sciences in Toronto took DNA samples from direct members of the family. Later, a test determined that the torso recovered 10 years ago belonged to Shank.