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UPDATE: Body Found at Perranporth Beach

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5:48am 6th March 2014
(Updated 5:48am 6th March 2014)

Detectives investigating the death of a mystery man whose body washed up on a Cornish beach have released an artist's impression.

A dog walker made the grim discovery at Perranporth last Tuesday.

Police say they can not rule out murder because the victim, who was found wearing nothing apart from socks and one walking shoe, had injuries that were not caused by drowning or rocks and the sea.

DCI Dave Thorne, Senior Investigating Officer, said: “We believe the artist’s impression is a true likeness of the man we are trying to identify.
 
“As you can see from the image he has some distinctive features including a bushy white beard and white receding hair.
 
“It’s been a week since his body was found on Perranporth Beach and his identity is still a mystery.
 
“By releasing this image we are hoping that someone will recognise him and come forward with his name, allowing us to progress with the investigation and bring us a step closer to finding out what has happened to him.
 
“He is someone’s brother, father, uncle or friend and someone somewhere will be missing him.”
 
Anyone who recognises the man pictured is asked to call police on 101 quoting log 381 of 1 March.

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The photo of the young boy was found in a black wallet in the pocket of a dark Regatta jacket which was discovered nearby.

Pictures of a hat and bag found on the beach the same day have also been released, along with an image of the shoe the deceased was wearing.

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The man is believed to be aged between 50-70, thin and between 5'5 and 5'7inches tall.

On Friday a post mortem revealed a number of injuries to his body which detectives can not explain through natural causes.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Thorne said: "There are numerous injuries to the man's body in various parts of his body and they are not consistent with sand abrasions or rock abrasions but we don't know whether this is as a result of a third party being involved or whether it's through activity the gentleman was involved in before his death.

"Drowning may be part of the cause of his death but we really - the post mortem examination was inconclusive in terms of cause of death so therefore we have to go down the route of treating this as suspicious."

On Thursday, search and rescue teams were drafted in to hunt for clues.

Jay Opie from Cornwall Search and Rescue Team said: "Our searching is predominantly for missing people but in this instance police have called us in because of our technical skills and capability of getting into different locations. We've gone around the coastal area and see if we can find any items that have been washed up or discarded."

Artist's impression: Teri Blythe, Human Identification and Forensic Art Consultancy Services.

5:48am 6th March 2014

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