Mys­tery man Over 120 calls made in bid to iden­tify body

Gloucestershire Echo - - CITIZEN - By PHIL NOR­RIS

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

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