Beckingham: The body of a man found in a caravan 12 months ago has still not been identified

Notts Police have released an image of what they believe may be the face of an unidentified man who was found dead in a caravan near Beckingham 12 months ago.

Det Insp Ash Wilson at the scene.
Det Insp Ash Wilson at the scene.

The body of the man, believed to be no older than 50, was discovered on 13th March 2014 by a member of the public in a static caravan on derelict land off Gringley Road, Beckingham.

A post-mortem examination found the man had died up to six months before the discovery of his body.

Detectives do not currently suspect foul play in the man’s death, there were no obvious signs of injury, but have been working over the past year to try to identify him.

A forensic artists impression of what the man is believed to look like

Finger print and DNA checks have come up empty; the man has no identifying marks such as tattoos or piercings and had no belongings on him including no phone and no wallet.

Det Insp Ash Wilson of Notts Police said: “We are still treating the death as unexplained and, at this stage, we do not believe there has been any foul play.”

“We think he may have entered the caravan for shelter and subsequently died there.”

“Our main goal is to identify this man and reunite him with his family.”

“He may not be from the area. He may have travelled here from Eastern Europe to work but somewhere there is a mother missing a son, a wife missing a husband or a child missing a father.”

“We are desperate to get him back to his family and believe the public hold the key.”

A year has passed since the discovery of the body and officers have released this forensic artists’ impression of what the man may have looked like in the hope someone will recognise him and come forward.

Det Insp, Ash Wilson, said: “The image is excellent and, while we are not saying it will be a 100 per cent likeness, we do suspect this is what he may have looked like.”

“We’re hoping someone, somewhere is going to see this image and get a spark or recognition. If they do, they should call us today on 101.”

The man is described as around 5ft 8ins to 5ft 10ins tall, of medium to slim build and he had collar-length dark wavy hair. His ethnicity is unclear.

He has no discerning marks on his body, no tattoos or piercings, and there were no obvious signs of injury.

He was dressed in a grey Slazenger round collared t-shirt under a blue Umbro zipped tracksuit top. Over this was a blue Levi denim jacket. He was also wearing blue BugJo jeans and white Slazenger trainers.

If you know who the man is or have any information contact police on 101, quoting incident 286 of 13th March 2014, or call Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.