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Case File: 1079UMUK

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Unidentified Male

  • Date of Discovery: May 13, 2006
  • Location of Discovery: Seaham, CO Durham, England, United Kingdom
  • Estimated Date of Death: Several weeks prior
  • State of Remains: Unknown
  • Cause of Death: Unknown
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 40-65 years old
  • Race: Not stated
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 5'11"
  • Weight: Average build
  • Hair Color: Unknown
  • Eye Color: Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Size 11 feet. He had suffered severe heart disease. Three fractured ribs (unknown if this occured before or after death).
  • Dentals: He was missing several lower back teeth on both sides that would have been noticeable when he talked.
  • Fingerprints: Not available
  • DNA: Available
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: He was wearing black or dark grey 'slipper socks' with a pattern of small red feet on the soles. He also had on one shoe, described as a lace up, reddish brown coloured Camper,Pelotas Ariel shoe, size 45 (European), 11 (UK). The sole was a cream colour and was very worn.
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • Additional Personal Items: Unknown
  • Case History

    A man walking his dog discovered a body on a beach near the northeastern coastal town of Seaham. The victim was wearing only socks and one shoe.

    Experts from Queens University in Belfast carried out isotope analysis of the body, which proved the deceased had lived in Northern Europe and forensic pathology experts narrowed his age down to between 40 and 60. Officers tried and failed to trace the man through his clothing, including his 100-a-pair Camper shoes. The shoe was so worn that the sole was cracked.

    Checks had been carried out with police forces across the country, the Missing Persons Register, the Coastguard, and even Interpol without success. DNA tests were carried out as well, but no matches were found on the DNA database.

    Investigating Agency(s)
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  • Agency Name: National Crime Agency
  • Agency Contact Person: UK Missing Persons Bureau
  • Agency Phone Number: 0845 000 5481 or +44 (0) 1344 876 376 Fax: +44 (0) 1344 872 572
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  • Agency Case Number: 06-022353 / Other case number mentioned: County Durham coast, 2006
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • BBC
  • UK Missing Persons Bureau

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    Case Added: 9/24/14; Last Updated: 6/17/15 - DD / Unidentified Persons Coordinator

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