Mystery man Over 120 calls made in bid to identify body
POLICE investigating the discovery of an unidentified man’s body at the side of a busy road almost a year ago have received more than 120 calls from members of the public.
A number of possible identities have been suggested after officers released an facial reconstruction of the man’s face earlier this month.
Detectives will be evaluating each suggested identity in due course, and have thanked all those who have been in touch.
Skeletal remains were discovered by a forestry worker on the A419 between Cirencester and Stroud in May 2018.
A spokesman said: “We estimate that we have now received more than 120 calls from members of the public with suggestions of possible identities since launching our appeal.
“We anticipate that these reports will continue to arrive and we will therefore be evaluating each suggestion in due course.
“We would like to thank everyone
who has contacted us so far and ask anyone who believes they have relevant information that hasn’t yet spoken to us to call 101 quoting Operation Octave.”
The identity of the man has been shrouded in mystery.
Investigators believe he lay undiscovered for over a year a couple of metres from the busy road.
Found with the body were a number of personal belongings including a Sony wireless FM radio, wind-up torch, aviator sunglasses, water bottles and clothes, but no mobile phone or any form of identification.
As part of the appeal launch, officers were in Cirencester on April 10 handing out leaflets and posters to raise awareness. Police believe the deceased was a white man, between 5ft 5ins and 5ft 8ins tall, who may have been of a large build.
Forensic experts were called from Dundee to assist with identification.
A forensic odontologist reported the man was aged between 28 and 31, due to his ‘good teeth’ and European dental work. However, a forensic anthropologist determined he could be between 28 and 55 years old when looking at the skeleton.
He was discovered wearing ‘intermediate clothing.’
He wore a black/dark grey Peter Storm raincoat, a grey/blue short sleeved shirt with hand-stitched repairs. He was also wearing a black gilet and blue trousers with a dark leather belt.
Dark trainers with a white sole and a beige baseball cap were found next to the body.
A small Sony wireless FM radio, aviator sunglasses, a wind up torch and a Karrimor rucksack (which had a white plastic bag covering it in an attempt to waterproof it) were nearby.
He did not have a mobile phone or identification on him, which police have determined means he was possibly isolated and of a transient character.
Due to last year’s snowfall it’s unclear how long the body was there, but police believe the remains went undiscovered for at least 12 months.
A police spokesman said: “We understand that it may be hard to think back this far but if you know of someone who matches the above description that you haven’t seen for some time, or believe that you’ve previously driven past this man within the county please let us know by calling 101 and quoting Operation Octave.”
Information can also be submitted via email at Op.oc[email protected]tershire.pnn.police.uk or online at gloucestershire.police.uk/operations/ operation-octave/ phillip.nor[email protected]plc.com
We estimate that we have now received more than 120 calls from members of the public with suggestions of possible identities
How the man may have looked and some of the items found around the skeleton