The police in Kirklees are making a renewed effort to identify a man whose body was discovered over a decade ago. The Kirklees District CID is appealing for any information that could aid in identifying the man whose body was found in the River Colne, just off Leeds Road in Huddersfield, on September 13, 2012.
They have also reissued an E-fit image depicting how the man might have appeared before his immersion in the water. Extensive inquiries have been conducted both locally and internationally over the years, and officers are steadfast in their resolve to unravel the mystery surrounding the man’s identity and trace any remaining relatives he may have.
Based on a charitable bracelet found on the man’s wrist, officers suspect he may have hailed from Lithuania. They have made numerous inquiries in collaboration with partners, both in Lithuania and the UK, in an attempt to establish his identity.
The man is described as white, of European origin, and possibly aged between 20 and 40, with no teeth. He stood at a height of 5 feet 10 inches, had a slender build, and sported short, light brown hair, along with a ginger moustache and closely cropped beard. A post-mortem examination conducted after the recovery of the man’s body failed to determine a cause of death.
DS David Mathers of Kirklees CID said: “Detectives have carried a huge range of enquiries since this man was sadly found deceased in September 2012 and we clearly still want to identify him and locate any relatives he may still have.
“Those enquiries have included joint work both at home and in Europe with the National Crime Agency to see if this man matches any unaccounted-for missing people.
“Sadly those enquiries have been unsuccessful, and we are now reaching the end of investigations we can carry out to identify this male.
He added: “We are re-issuing an Efit of how we think he would have looked in 2012 and would ask anyone who can assist to contact us.
“If you knew a man fitting this description in the Huddersfield area or even further afield who suddenly disappeared then please contact Kirklees CID.
“Information can be given to me referencing police number 13120394616.
“It can be given via 101, online at www.westyokrshire.police,uk/101livechat or anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”