Body on beach clothing appeal

POLICE issued photographs last night of the clothing worn by a man whose body was washed up on a north Suffolk beach in the hope they will lead to his identity being discovered.

By David Lennard

POLICE issued photographs last night of the clothing worn by a man whose body was washed up on a north Suffolk beach in the hope they will lead to his identity being discovered.

The body was washed up on the beach at Pakefield, near Lowestoft, in an area close to Grand Avenue, on Friday, February 20, and was found by a man walking his dog shortly after 10am.

It is thought the body could have been in the water for between one and three months.


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A post mortem examination revealed the man was aged between 30 and 55, about 6ft 1in tall, and of slim build with mid-brown hair.

Police officers are continuing to treat the death as "unexplained" and are still trying to identify him.

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An inquest was opened at Lowestoft on Monday this week and was adjourned until Friday, April 30.

Suffolk police have been contacting their colleagues in forces across the United Kingdom and Europe in a bid to establish the man's identity.

"Lowestoft officers have a list of missing persons who potentially could be a match for the man and work is currently underway to gather and match dental records to try and confirm his identity," said a spokeswoman for Suffolk police.

Samples have been sent for DNA analysis that could be used to assist the identification process.

Police have also released details of clothing found on the man's body to try and get further information that may help identify him.

The items are blue jeans marked with the "Urban Spirit" brand and a pair of brown Clarks shoes that are between 9 and 11 in size.

"Although it is known that around 16,000 pairs of these shoes have been sold in the UK, police are hoping that, along with the jeans and the description of the man, someone may be able to provide information that may help officers find out who he is," said the spokeswoman.

"If anyone can put all the elements together – know that someone is missing, recognise the items of clothing and can match them with the description of the man – we would like to hear from them," she said.

Anyone who may have information about the incident is asked to contact Lowestoft police on 01986 835100.

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