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Larry Petrov - Missing, July 2, 1957 - Montreal
« on: November 28, 2010, 01:05:12 PM »
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Full Name: Larry Petrov
Missing From: Montreal, Quebec
Missing Since: 2nd July, 1957
Classification: Endangered missing
Date Of Birth: 1920 or 1921
Age (at time of disappearance): 36 years
Height: 5ft 11in
Weight: 225lb
Eye Colour: Brown
Hair Colour: Brown
Race: European
Identifying Features: Unknown
Clothing: Unknown
Jewelry: Unknown
Medical Conditions: Unknown
Nicknames/Alias: Unknown
Forensics Availability: Unknown
Local LE Case Number: Unknown
NCIC Number: Unknown

Circumstances: Petrov disappeared from his home while he was awaiting trial on a narcotics charge in Montreal. He was also wanted for questioning on a heist that took place in February, 1956 at the Outremont branch of the Bank of Montreal. The estimated take of that heist was between $300,000 to $1,000,000. Money in cash and securities were taken from 132 safety deposit boxes. Petrov's parents reported him missing to the police on July 2nd. They said it was rare for him to go 24 hours without telling them where he was or where he was going. Police believed the Montreal underworld had Petrov killed.

Shortly after Petrov's disappearance, someone mailed an envelope containing two photos to Petrov's parents. A large 'X' was scrawled across a photo of his son. Petrov's father believed one of the photos was from Larry's wallet.

A police raid was made in St. Jerome on Thursday, July 11th in connection with the Petrov case. They charged a city real estate agent with the posession of two unregistered firearms (the media later reported it was a unregistered revolver). The estate agent was an aquaintance of Petrov and was questioned in relation to the investigation but no charges relating to Petrov were filed.

In 1962, the suspect had a warrant issued for his arrest for the robbery of a bank. Arrested were three women and six men in connection with the 1961 Dominion Day weekend hit on the Bank of Nova Scotia. In that robbery, the suspects were alledged to have entered the bank by smashing through the vault's concrete floor. Some 377 safety deposit boxes were emptied. Estimates of the loot taken were between $800,000 and $4,000,000. The suspects were residents of Montreal's northern suburbs and the Laurentian resort towns of St. Jerome, Ste. Adele and St. Sauveur. Petrov's aquaintance would eventually be arrested and returned to Canada where he was convicted of this robbery.

What was believed to be Petrov's leg was recovered on Saturday, July 20th from Lac (Lake) Ouareau. The lake is on the outskirts of the village of St. Donat in the Laurentian Highlands. The badly decomposed leg was found by two young girls boating near St. Donat. Police said the leg had been in the water for approximately 2-3 weeks. Dr. Rosario Fontaine, provincial medico-legal expert, stated there was a 'distinct possibility' the leg was from Petrov. The leg belonged to a heavy-set brown-haired male. Part of the pelvis was still attached to the leg. Dr. Fontaine concluded the leg was torn from the body. Socks Petrov owned were similar to the one found on the leg. Petrov's shoes fit the foot of the leg. A search by police on the report of a torso found in a field near St. Henri-de-Mascouche, did not materialize. Human organs were located Thursday, July 25th in a bush near a campsite. The find was in the St. Michel des Saints area of the Laurentians, roughly 40 miles north of Lac Ouareau. On Wedneasday, July 31st, police located a pair of shoes and socks in a blood-stained towel on the shore of Lake Archambault.

Background Information: Petrov was born in Romania. He is a welder by trade but the media sometimes listed him as a painter.

Current and/or Previous Law Enforcement Involved:
Chief Inspector William Fitzpatrick (Montreal)
Detective-Captain Russel Senecal (Montreal)
Assistant Director Leopold Trottier (Quebec Provincial Police)
Dr. Rosario Fontaine (Medico-legal expert)

LE Contact Details: Montreal Police Service
(514) 393-1133
(514) 280-2121 (from outside Montreal)
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