Exmouth detectives call for help identifying dead man

12:22 03 August 2012

Police have released this e-fit in the hope someone can identify a man washed up on the estuary between Exmouth and Lympstone

Police have released this e-fit in the hope someone can identify a man washed up on the estuary between Exmouth and Lympstone


Police are appealing for public help identifying the man in this e-fit, whose body was washed up on the estuary between Exmouth and Lympstone earlier this month.

The police have released a computer image of a man whose body was washed up on the estuary in the hope someone can identify him.

The body was discovered on July 18 at around 8.30am in the water, near the Exmouth to Lympstone cycle path, close to Lower Halsdon Farm.

Devon and Cornwall police said officers were no closer to identifying the man since he was found, and no one had come forward to report him missing.

Exmouth detectives have released this digital image in the hope someone will come forward with a name.

Detective Sergeant Joanne Hall said: “We have continued with our enquiries to try to identify the male and our investigation is continuing.

“Specially-trained officers have created an E-fit of the male from photographs taken at the scene.

“We are publishing this photo in the hope that the public can help us identify the male.”

DS Hall said after carrying out numerous enquiries, and eliminating any local missing persons, both the identity and the cause of death remained a mystery.

“There is nothing to indicate foul play, although police are keeping an open mind as to how the man died,” said DS Hall. “We do know that the man did not drown or have a heart attack, and there is nothing suspicious on the body.

“What we are desperate to do is to identify him – somebody somewhere must know this person and be missing him.

“We hope that this e-fit will help in tracking down any family or loved ones he may have had.”

The police said the e-fit was carried out by a technician and is based on photographs of the man’s face taken at the scene of the recovery.

The man is described as white, aged approximately in his 50s or 60s, and around five foot eight to six feet tall. He is of medium to stocky build, has short greying hair, similar to a crew cut that is growing out, and a reddy-brown moustache.

The man has a three inch scar on his lower abdomen which is possibly from an appendix removal.

He was wearing navy Levi jeans with a blue stain on the right hand back pocket, black Reebok trainers, with Reebok written in white along the sole, a black T-shirt, a blue, green and white chequered shirt, black socks, and a chunky black belt with silver engraved trim.

DS Hall said that her team wanted to throw the search net wider than the immediate Exmouth area.

She said: “We are still in the process of examining tidal patterns to establish where he may have been brought in from but it is not thought he may just be from the Exmouth area – he could have come from anywhere on the nearby coast or even a passing ship.

“We believe that the man may have only been in the water for a short time.

“It may be possible that someone has gone missing but has not yet been reported missing by family or friends, or the gentleman could be on holiday in the area.

“We would like to hear from anyone who recognises the description of this man.

“We are also asking the public to look out for a vehicle that may be parked in the area and has not been moved for a few days.”

Anyone who recognises the description of the man, or knows someone who fits that description and has not been seen recently, is asked to contact Exmouth CID on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 quoting crime reference number KE/12/1669.

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