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Police release facial reconstruction in a bid to identify mystery Micheldever man

Facial reconstruction of mystery Micheldever man

Detectives have released a facial reconstruction image of a man whose body was found in a farm building in Micheldever in 2017.

Officers searched the disused barn off Bazeley Copse Lane on Friday 1st December 2017 as part of enquiries into an unrelated burglary.

Inside, they found human remains along with items including a sleeping bag, a rucksack, a Sony Walkman, a Martina Cole novel and a Winchester street atlas.

Despite extensive forensic and DNA examinations, detectives have been unable to identify this man, and they are now appealing for hlep from the public.

Officers say following a Home Office post mortem, and various scientific tests, they believe the man was: 

  • White
  • Middle aged or older (age range from 30s to 60s)
  • Around 5ft 6ins tall
  • Short, fair brown hair
  • Narrow face with an overbite

Police say they believe the remains had been in the barn for at least a year.

The cause of death was unascertained, but there were no signs that the man had been attacked or restrained.

Detectives are treating the death as unexplained but not suspicious.

A number of lines of enquiry have been followed in an attempt to identify the man including: DNA testing, dental examinations, fingerprint analysis from items left in the barn, and checking people reported missing in the Hampshire Constabulary area and other forces.

Officers have also liaised with the National Crime Agency's UK Missing Persons Unit.

So far, the man has not been identified.

The facial reconstruction has been produced by Dr Christopher Rynn at the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at the University of Dundee.

Detectives have also released images of the clothing the man was wearing, and items that were found in the barn.

Items include a black Karrimor backpack, a Blacks olive green sleeping bag, yellow protective gloves, a Sony Walkman, a Winchester street atlas and the Martina Close novel, 'Close'.

Clothing included a pair of pale Fruit of the Loom tracksuit bottoms, a navy blue zipped Outdoor Scene fleece jacket, dark coloured black wooly hat, size 10 Wellington boots, and a pale Marks and Spencers long-sleeved shirt.

Detective Constable Clare Hughes told us they want to hear from anyone who may be able to help identify this man:

 

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