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Case File: 301UMUK

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Unidentified Male

  • Date of Discovery: March 2, 2002
  • Location of Discovery: Exford, Somerset, United Kingdom
  • Estimated Date of Death: September, 1999
  • State of Remains: Badly decomposed.
  • Cause of Death: LE have said that it is likely he was seriously assaulted, possibly by use of a sharp or bladed object

    Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 25-35 yrs old
  • Race: Mediterranean, Middle East, or North Africa
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 5'8" - 5'9"
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Hair Color: Black/Dark Brown
  • Eye Color: Unknown

  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown

  • Dentals: Dental work done at least a year before his death
    Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: A pair of blue Adidas shorts and blue and white boxer shorts.

  • Jewelry: A gold chain. The piece of jewelry, worth 100, had a 22-carat gold pendant on it, with verse number 225 from the Koran, the Holy text of Islam, inscribed in Arabic across it, made in Pakistan.

  • Additional Personal Items: None

    Case History

    The victim was discovered on open land off Halse Lane, near Winsford Hill, on Exmoor National Park in Somerset on March 13, 2002. The body, which was in several pieces, was wrapped in black plastic bags, a green single bed sheet and a single duvet. Also in the package was a white pillowcase used by a linen hire service which supplies hotels and restaurants throughout the South West. A wire from a stereo was also found and it is possible the man had been tied with it. It is unclear as to whether the body was brought to the UK from abroad.

    There have been extensive forensic examinations of the remains. The latest of these has looked at the isotopes within the bones. They act as a sort of chemical signature for a person which can show where they lived. This is related to various factors, including the water you drink and the background dust particles you breathe in. Scientists think he had probably spent the time in an area bounded by Bristol, Poole, Plymouth and Bude. Substances found in the man's bones suggest he had lived in the South West for about 10 years and could have traveled around Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. Police believe that it means someone in the region knew the man. In 2006 A Muslim funeral was held at Watchet.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    If you have any information about this case please contact;

  • 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
  • E-Mail

  • Agency Name: Taunton Police Department
  • Agency Phone Number: 01823 363 153

  • Agency Name: Crimestoppers
  • Agency Phone Number: 0800 555111

  • UK Missing Persons Bureau: 03-000067-IDR

    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • Taunton Police Department
  • National Missing Persons Helpline

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    Last Updated: 6/18/15 - By: DD / Unidentified Persons Coordinator

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