Appeal over mystery man with North Derbyshire links

Do you recognise this man, whose remains were found in 1979?
Do you recognise this man, whose remains were found in 1979?
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AN ARTIST’S impression has been released of a man believed to have north Derbyshire links whose body was found in a shed and has been unidentified for 34 years.

The body is one of eight found across the Thames Valley since the 1970s, which police have never been able to identify.

His remains were found by a group of young people in a shed in Donnington, near Newbury, Berkshire, in 1979.

Thames Valley Police’s major crime review team issued an appeal for information about an item of clothing he was found wearing and a man came forward with a call which led detectives to north Derbyshire.

Jon Corker, who lives in Canada, believes the jacket was made by his grandfather, Jim Marples, who was a tailor from north Derbyshire with clients mostly from the rural and farming community in Chesterfield and Bakewell.

Mr Marples did not have a shop in the 1970s, but visited, measured and fitted his clients at their homes.

The jacket worn by the dead man was found to have been tailored by Mr Marples and now police are appealing to north Derbyshire residents, particularly farmers, who may recognise the man in the artist’s impression.

His body was discovered inside a shed in March 1979, but may have lain undiscovered since the previous summer.

He is thought to have been aged around 60 and very thin, with grey eyes, grey receding hair, moustache and no teeth.

The man had on a grey single-breasted jacket, grey raincoat, light grey and blue striped shirt and green checked tie with orange stripes.

n Contact Thames Valley Police on 101 or on opnightingale@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk quoting URN 982 12/11/12.