Ah, I almost missed this... The leather strap on the back must have been burned off, but it seems like it was made to fit a large person. I'd guess a tauren, actually.
That's about all I can tell you. Tell Captain Vimes I'm sorry I couldn't be of more help.
That's not much information to work on, but we'll have to keep it in mind. Hopefully some of the other pieces of this mystery will fall into place, and paint a more helpful picture of what happened.
This is part of The Shady Rest Inn quest chain: