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The bid to identify East Kent’s unnamed dead

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EACH year some 250,000 people in the UK go missing. Most of those are found but some remain missing for weeks, months and even years.

Sadly some of those people will have died and, tragically, there are around 1,000 on the UK Missing Persons Bureau website whose bodies have been found but they have never been identified.

Each month the Bureau records around 15 unidentified body cases. These are featured on the website with details about where, when and how the body was discovered, plus a description of the person and items found with them. The aim is to keep the cases in the public domain with the hope someone might recognise a relative, friend or other person. The website was launched in November 2012 and has had a number of cases successfully solved.

A spokesman said: “Although many unidentified cases receive local or national publicity at the time they are found, this publicity may be short lived, and experience has shown that the families and friends of these people may not see or fail to recognise the significance of this initial publicity. There is therefore a need to continually publicise these unidentified cases in order to maximise the possibility of families/friends who have lost contact with people or who have reported them as missing seeing the details of the case and recognising that the individual may be their missing relative/friend. The website also provides members of the public with a means by which to suggest possible identifications in a clear and simple manner through communication with the Bureau, the details of which can be initially reviewed without additional burden on police forces.”

For Kent Police there are 26 recorded cases, none have been closed. Many of these are for the east Kent area, including Margate, Ramsgate and Dover.

This is the highest recorded number of unidentified bodies in the country, for those Forces that provided details, apart from for the Metropolitan Police.

Below are the details for 17 east Kent cases dating from 1979 to 2013. If you recognise a case there may be additional images on the Bureau website but some were too sensitive to use on this website.

If you can identify any of these people go to http://missingpersons.police.uk/

RAMSGATE

Gender Male

Age Range 40 to 60

Ethnicity White European

Height 175cm

Date found 13 / 09 / 2013

Estimated Death 06 / 09 / 2013

Body or remains Body

Circumstances Male body was pulled from Ramsgate

Harbour at 08:00 hours. He was found floating 300 yards from the harbour and it would appear he had been in the water about a week. Most of his clothing had French labels.

Hair Bald

Facial hair Clean shaven

Eye colour Unknown

Clothing Socks – Has French writing on them

Jacket – Blue – Outer jacket

Jacket – Grey/white body warmer

Jumper – Blue

Shirt/blouse – Shirt – Checked

Underwear – Underpants – Brand name ‘Livergy’

Underwear – Vest

Jewellery Watch – 1 – Silver coloured ‘Swatch’watch

Possessions Euros, and 2 mobile phones wrapped in a plastic bag. 1 was a iphone and the other an LG phone

FOLKESTONE

Gender Male

Age Range 25 to 40

Ethnicity White European

Height (cm) 172cm

Build Medium

Date found 01 / 08 / 2007

Estimated Death 01 / 08 / 2007

Body or remains Body

Circumstances Male fell 150 feet from a viaduct into the road

Hair Brown – Collar length

Facial hair Goatee

Eye colour Blue

Distinguishing features Left arm faint marks on inside of wrist area

Scar – surgical – Left – Upper arm 18cm with 19 stitch marks on the rear of the arm running from elbow to the shoulder

Tattoo – dots – Left arm 3 blue dots, 3mm each, forming a 1.5cm triangle

Clothing

Footwear – Trainers – White – Size 10 with beige soles and a red flash on the side

Socks – White – Sports socks

Swimwear – Trunks – Blue – Navy blue swimming shorts

Underwear – Boxer shorts – Grey

RAMSGATE

Gender Male

Age Range 35 to 60

Ethnicity Unknown

Height 182cm

Build Large

Date 20 / 07 / 2002

Body or remains Body

Circumstances Male body found in the North Sea, 15 miles off the coast of Ramsgate.

Hair Dark – Thinning

Facial hair

Eye colour Unknown

Clothing Shirt – Beige – short-sleeved

Trousers – Black – with turn-ups

Footwear – Shoes – Black Clarks loafers size 7-8

Shirt/blouse – White – vest

Socks – Black

CANTERBURY

Gender Male

Age Range 20 to 50

Ethnicity White European

Height Unknown

Build Medium

Date found 27 / 10 / 2001

Body or remains Body

Circumstances Struck by train whilst standing on railway track outside Canterbury East Railway station.

Hair Dark brown – Short

Facial hair Unknown

Eye colour Unknown

Clothing Jacket – Black

Shirt/blouse – Blue – Checked – Light blue padded

Trousers – Black

Footwear – Shoes – Black

Socks – Knee length football

Underwear – Vest – Blue – Light blue

Underwear – Underpants – Blue – Boxers

DOVER

Gender Male

Age Range 16 to 100

Ethnicity Unknown

Height 182cm

Date found 25 / 10 / 2001

Body or remains Body

Circumstances Remains found at the base of cliffs at Dover. Believed to have been in the water for a number of months, possibly up to 1 year.

Hair Black

Facial hair Unknown

Eye colour Unknown

Clothing Sweatshirt – Black – ‘Low Alpine’ ‘made in Ireland’ fleece – XL size with half zip

Shirt – Long sleeved light coloured

Underwear – Underpants – Dark brief type

Jeans – Blue – ‘Levi 501’ 32″ w / 34″ l

Belt – ‘Levi’ leather belt with white metal buckle

Footwear – Trainers – ‘Nike’ blue/white- size 11

Socks – White – Printed around top and ‘made in Sweden’ on underside

Jewellery Watch – 1 – ‘Casio’

Possessions Black bum bag, ‘Aiwa’ personal CD player, £260 in Scottish bank notes

DOVER

Gender Female

Age Range 35 to 45

Ethnicity White European

Height 163cm

Build Thin

Date found 10 / 08 / 2000

Body or remains Body

Circumstances Female body found at the bottom of the cliffs at Dover. Believed that she had fallen from above and property found at the top of the cliffs is believed to belong to her. She had green/brown eyes and suffered from an ovarian cyst.

Hair Black – Short

Eye colour Green/brown

Distinguishing features Mark – cyst ovarian

Scar – surgical – Lower abdomen transverse, 19cm

Scar – cut – Left – Lower wrist

Clothing Tights – Black – ‘sexy underwear’

Footwear – Ankle boots – Flat heeled Chelsea boots

Dress – Skirt – Black – Pin stripe – Short

Jacket – Black blue

Belt – Black – Yellow buckle

Underwear – Body – Black – Polyester bodysuit

Shirt – Black

Headwear – Black – Bikers hat

Jewellery

Necklace – 1 – pearl

Watch – 1 – Llimit”

Ring – 6 – on both hands but not on wedding finger, rings on right hand described as 2 x gold entwined or separate gold bands often known as a Russian ring

Possessions

£60 stuffed down bra, tourist information on Oxford, Lipstick, handbag (with name ‘Christina May’ inside) with purse, half bottle of vodka

DOVER

Gender Male

Age Range 16 to 49

Ethnicity White European

Height 177cm

Build Medium

Date found 18 / 06 / 2000

Body or remains Body

Circumstances Body was found in the English Channel. Believed to have been in the water approximately 6 weeks. His two front teeth were capped.

Eye colour Unknown

Distinguishing features – crowned teeth teeth. Two dental caps on front teeth

Clothing Swimwear – Swimsuit – Short legged wetsuit with “Tiga” emblem on front chest. medium size.

Belt – Rubber belt/harness possibly windsurfing “Neil Pryde equipment” and “Anatomic”

Footwear – Shoes – Rubber slip-on “spiro aquahung”

Underwear – Boxer shorts – Blue and white

DOVER

Gender Male

Age Range 20 to 35

Ethnicity White European

Height 182cm

Build Stocky

Date found 10 / 06 / 1999

Body or remains Body

Circumstances Body was recovered from the sea at Dover. His injuries were consistent with a fall from a great height. He had no visible marks, scars or tattoos and he had no items in his possession.

Hair Ginger – Cropped

Eye colour Brown

MARGATE

Gender Male

Age Range 25 to 30

Ethnicity Oriental

Height Unknown

Date found 27 / 09 / 1996

Body or remains Body

Circumstances Male found in a hotel room in Margate. Cause of death is a suspected overdose. The male checked in to the hotel, giving his name as ‘Kirasarawa’ and asked not to be disturbed.

SANDGATE

Gender Male

Age Range 20 to 35

Ethnicity White European

Height 177cm

Build Medium

Date found 26 / 10 / 1995

Body or remains Body

Circumstances Remains of a male washed ashore at Sandgate. Believed to have been in the water for up to 6 weeks.

Clothing Jumper – Black – High necked with short zip. label – “Influence de Luzor”

Shirt/blouse – Red – Sports type

Trousers – Jeans – Blue – “Ambigu”

Underwear – Underpants – Light coloured jockey type with picture of copulating cats

Socks – White

Trainers – Light coloured with velcro fastening, size 8, with name Sport Tech

Jewellery Chain – 1 – yellow gold

DOVER

Gender Male

Age Range 16 to 60

Ethnicity White European

Height 170cm to 178cm

Build Medium

Date found 03 / 10 / 1992

Body or remains Body

Circumstances Body of male diver recovered by a passing ship and brought to shore at Dover. Believed to have been in the water for several months.

Clothing Wetsuit. black, dry diving suit V shaped chest area coloured blue,zipper on back, zipper shoulder to shoulder zip buckle”BDM” the zip has “ZN” ,built in boots

Footwear – Black and cream flipper “made in Italy

Underwear – Body – Purple – All in one undersuit “Helly Hansen” on chest

Underpants – White – St Michael” written in French 84-89cm

Socks – White – Circles – Green/purple

FOLKESTONE

Gender Male

Age Range 35 to 45

Ethnicity Asian

Height 163cm

Build Medium

Date found 03 / 07 / 1988

Circumstances Found on the beach in Folkestone. Believed to have been in the water approximately 2 weeks.

Clothing

Jumper – Red – Sleeveless with black trim

Shirt/blouse – T-shirt – Beige- Black stripes

Sweater – Red

Polo neck – Nylon

HERNE BAY

Gender Male

Age Range 60 to 100

Ethnicity White European

Height 163cm

Build Medium

Date found 08 / 06 / 1985

Body or remains Body

Circumstances Body washed ashore at Herne Bay. Believed to have been in the water for 3 months. The male had signs of heart disease.

Distinguishing features false teeth – Upper teeth

Lacking – Lower teeth

Clothing Shirt – Blue – Heavy cotton

Underwear – Vest – Grey – Singlet

ASHFORD

Gender Male

Age Range 45 to 60

Ethnicity Dark European

Height 155cm

Build Medium

Date found 25 / 05 / 1983

Body or remains Body

Circumstances Found on the grass embankment at the side of the A20 at Hothfield. Death was due to an overdose. He had correspondence from Australia in his possession.

Hair Black – Greying

Eye colour Grey

Distinguishing features Scar – cut – Right, centre arm

Scar – cut – Right – Centre leg

Scar – cut – Left – Centre leg

Clothing

DOVER

Gender Male

Age Range 60 to 65

Ethnicity White European

Height 168cm

Build Thin

Date found 24 / 10 / 1980

Body or remains Body

Circumstances Male recovered from the sea off the Dover coast. He had previously been seen in a local public house carrying the ‘Evening Standard’ and a briefcase.

Hair Brown – Greying

Eye colour Brown

Distinguishing features Scar – cut – Left neck

Lacking – upper teeth

Peculiarity – squint – Right eye

Clothing Footwear – Shoes – Black – Size 8

Socks – Brown – Mushroom coloured

Trousers – Black

Underwear – Vest – White

Underwear – Underpants – Red

Shirt/blouse – Shirt – Cream

Jumper – Cardigan – Brown – Zip-up ‘St. Michael’ make size 50″

Tie – Blue – Patterned

Jacket – Single breasted jacket from ‘Dunn & Co’

Overcoat – Raincoat – Blue – ‘Theros’ make ‘Burtons’ with check lining

DOVER

Gender Male

Age Range 30 to 45

Ethnicity White European

Height 198cm

Build Thin

Date found 07 / 10 / 1980

Body or remains Body

Circumstances Male body found on the beach at the bottom of Shakespeare Cliffs, Dover. Believed male had jumped from the top. He had nicotine stained fingers suggesting he was a smoker.

Hair Dark brown – Curly

Facial hair Clean shaven

Eye colour Unknown

Clothing Jacket – Casual – Beige – Fawn zip up jacket, knitted collar- cuffs. “St Michaels 40-42”

Jumper – V neck – Grey – “St Michaels” 40″ chest

Jumper – V neck – Blue – “Conte Cristo” size 38″

Trousers – Grey

Underwear – Underpants – Blue – “Oscar”

Belt – Brown – Leather belt

Hose – Socks – Grey

FOLKESTONE

Gender Female

Age Range 45 to 50

Ethnicity White European

Height 155cm

Build Thin

Date found 03 / 01 / 1979

Body or remains Body

Circumstances Female recovered from Folkestone Harbour. Believed to have only been dead for a number of hours.

Hair Grey – Receding

Eye colour Grey

Distinguishing features Scar – cut abdomen surgical

Clothing

Jacket – Anorak – Brown – Hooded

Jumper – Yellow

Underwear – White – Full length nylon slip

Underwear – Vest – White – Cotton large

Underwear – Knickers – Outsize woollen

Hose – Tights – Brown

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