Police seek end to 21 year mystery
12:41pm 22nd July 2010
North Yorkshire Police have reopened the investigation into the identity of a body found in Scarborough 21 years ago.
A middle-aged man was discovered in the town's harbour back on 4 May 1989 and despite a number of enquires at the time he was never identified.
Detectives are now reviewing a number of cases involving unidentified bodies in the county and are appealing for any information that could help identify this man.
Police believe that he may have had connections in Greater Manchester, Blackburn, Todmorden and Calderdale.
Description of the mystery man:
When he was found in 1989, his age was estimated at between 30 and 60 years old. He was described as white, clean shaven, weighing approximately 12 stone, 5ft 10in tall with brown eyes. He had a full head of black collar length hair that was turning grey and possibly combed into a centre parting. His teeth were all natural with fillings and gold capping.
Pathologists found a scar and swelling just above his left ankle which were caused by a fracture that had not healed properly and may have caused him to walk with a limp.
Detective Sergeant Stuart Thompson, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "This man has been dead for over 20 years but we still haven't established his identity.
"Someone out there must know who he is. If you lost someone in 1989 and you don't know what happened to them then this man could be that person. I am appealing to anyone who may be able to help us find out who this man is to get in touch.
"It is known that he stayed at a hotel in Scarborough for two nights. He left on 1 May 1989 and was last seen alive in the early evening of that day.
"He had few possessions. All he had with him was a Greater Manchester Police property bag containing a few toiletries, a Barclays Bank cheque stub and cheque book cover, a newspaper, a used rail ticket from Blackburn to Todmorden and a railway timetable."
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