Appeal over washed up body parts

A FRESH appeal has gone out for information about mysterious human remains which washed up on the Suffolk coast.

Russell Claydon

A FRESH appeal has gone out for information about mysterious human remains which washed up on the Suffolk coast.

A leg and a decomposed torso of a man were found on beaches close to Aldeburgh five years ago and now the charity Missing People are renewing their appeal to help identify him.

The gruesome discovery was made on December 9, 2003 when a sea fisherman alerted police that he had found a human leg washed up at Slaughden Quay.

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It prompted a large scale police and coastguard search that uncovered a decomposed torso and piece of a spine - about 2.5 miles south of the first find.

The body parts were taken to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston where a post mortem examination was carried out by a Home Office pathologist.

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It revealed they belonged to a large man more than 6ft tall and aged over 40 and had probably been in the water for at least three months before they were found.

Samples of DNA were taken to assist police with identifying the man but they have never been able to solve the case after dedicating their time to trawling the missing person's database.

But now the charity Missing People is hoping on the fifth anniversary of the event someone may be prompted to come forward with new information.

Teri Blythe, head of Missing People's identification department, said: “In most cases an unidentified person is also a missing person, so it is likely that this man will have family and friends out there who do not know his fate.

“We therefore hope that this appeal will bring some vital clues that will lead us to identify this body and put an end to someone's distress.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the confidential 24 hour charity Missing People on Freefone 0500 700 700 or email

For more information on Missing People or to make a donation, please visit

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