Renewed appeal for identity of missing man

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A POSTER appeal has been launched in the Borders in a renewed effort to identify a mystery man whose body was discovered last year in Canonbie, writes Kenny Paterson.

Notices have been put up by police throughout the region after a worldwide investigation failed to establish who the person is.

The body was found on December 20 in the Dumfriesshire village six miles south of Langholm, with a Italian newspaper nearby.

Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary have released this image of the man in the hope that someone will recognise him, but so far their efforts have proved unsuccessful.

A police spokesman said: “It has been established that the male may have been within Burnside Plantation since late November 2010.

“Enquiries have now been undertaken locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, however, the male still remains unidentified.”

The man is described as between 40 and 60 years of age, white and around 5ft 8ins to 5ft 9ins in height.

He was bald and appeared to be normally clean shaven, although there was grey stubble visible on his face.

The man had a small scar on his lower right abdomen and had six teeth missing, with evidence that one of his teeth was removed in the six months before his death.

He was wearing an olive green safari type hat, brown tanned coloured cord-style jacket with a till receipt from 1991 for a London shop in its pocket, black trousers, light-coloured gloves and grey ankle boots.

Near to the body was a copy of daily Italian paper La Republica dated July 22, 2010.

There have been suggestions that the man may be one of five missing persons in England.

But thus far the body – which was discovered by a couple walking in the wood – remains unidentified.

The body has been released for burial but will remain in an unmarked pauper’s grave until it is known who he is.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary on 0845 600 5701 or any police officer.

Information can also be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.