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Case File: 442UMUK

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Reconstruction of Victim and Victim's Possessions

Unidentified Male

  • Date of Discovery: May 25, 1997
  • Location of Discovery: North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
  • Estimated Date of Death: 5 - 25 years prior .
  • State of Remains: Skeletal Remains
  • Cause of Death: Unknown

    Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 60+ Yrs old
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 5'6"-5'9"
  • Weight: Medium build

  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: The man had suffered old bone fractures including, damage to both heels, to his left collar bone, two left ribs, both heels and spine. He suffered from Arthritis. Size 32 waist and size eight shoes.

  • DNA: Available
    Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: a dark gray suit, including dark trousers and jacket, mustard colored jersey, white shirt with thin, dark stripes, a maroon tie and a hand-knitted red woolen V-neck jumper next to the skin.

  • Jewelry: None

  • Additional Personal Items: a tobacco tin holding a rusty mortice key, a small pocket radio, a 1958 shilling and a 1971 one pence coin. A comb and pen were found nearby.

    Case History

    The victim was discovered by a gamekeeper on Thorny Grange Moor, at a remote location on the Earl of Swinton's grouse moors at Colsterdale in North Yorkshire, near Masham, on May 25, 1997. Despite the best efforts of 20 agencies including the Police National Missing Persons Bureau based at Scotland Yard, the identity of the man has never been established.

    Although the cause of death is not known, it is not being treated as suspicious. He may have died during the late 1970's or early 1980's. The skeletal evidence and accompanying belongings indicate that the man was an eccentric character well used to walking the moors.

    One theory was that the man might have been a parachutist, but inquiries with the Parachute Regiment brought no leads. In October 2003, Coroner Geoff Fell recorded an open verdict on the unknown man, whose possessions included a 1958 shilling and a 1971 one pence coin the only real clue to the date when he might have died.

    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
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  • Other Reference Number Case Number: 008
  • Other Reference Number Case Number: 97-005795

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

    Information Source(s)
  • National Missing Persons Helpline

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