A total of 12 bodies found in the Bristol area remain unidentified, the UK Missing Persons Bureau says.
One was found with a picture showing what he had looked like, while composites of others’ features have been produced by police.
The oldest case on file is that of a man’s decomposed remains washed ashore at Brean in 1971.
The most recent case is from 2002, when a man’s body was recovered under a cliff edge at Redcliffe Bay.
Here are the people which were found in and around Bristol, but are still shrouded in mystery.
A decomposed body washed ashore at Brean
On October 26, 1971, the remains of a man were found washed ashore at Brean near Weston-super-Mare.
It is believed he was in the water for around three to four months before being found.
Aged 30 to 60, the man was 163cm tall with a thin build and was of white European ethnicity.
Man with checkered trousers and 24 inch bronze chain
In 1981 a man was found in the River Avon in Bristol.
It is believed he had been in the water for several days before he was spotted on October 14.
The man, aged 45 to 60, was never identified despite his distinct clothing.
At the time of his death he was wearing a brown overcoat with a duffle hood and a brown v-neck size 52 with grey and black checkered trousers.
Around his neck he had a 24-inch bronze chain and medallion bearing male and female heads with ‘Duke of Edinburgh and Grand Duchess Marie of Russia married 1874’.
On his feet he had size 11 brown lace-up boots. He was also wearing cotton underclothing that buttoned up to the neck.
He had brown receding hair, blue eyes and a large scar on his abdomen.
Man’s body found in docks
Less than a year later another man was found in the city docks on August 7, 1982.
He was believed to be in his 40s, 180cm tall with dark brown greying hair and brown eyes.
The man had a medium build and was wearing Levi jeans and a blue Airforce long sleeve jumper. Underneath he wore a blue Wrangler shirt and green socks with black boots size nine.
A post mortem found he had no upper-right teeth.
Young man on shore of Redcliffe Bay
The body of a young man was found on the foreshore of Redcliffe Bay on February 24, 1988.
Aged between 20 and 30 years old, he had a shaved head and stubble and a deep cut on his left eyebrow.
He was found wearing green combat trousers with a brown leather belt with no top. On his feet he had a pair of brown walking boots, size seven and brown socks.
He also wore a Sekonda jewelled watch with a black strap.
A man’s two feet
In 1993, a man’s left foot washed up on Clevedon beach. The right foot followed over a year later.
Both feet are thought to belong to a canoeist as a crash helmet was washed up along with the body parts.
The man was aged 20 to 60 and of white European origin. He was in the water for several weeks before the first foot was found on June 16, 1993.
Trainers he wore were grey Nike Air with a blue and green tick. He wore blue navy socks with them.
Man found with pack of Silk Cut cigarettes, a Holy Bible and Thomas Moore’s ‘Utopia’
A body found on the bank of the River Avon had in his possession a pack of Silk Cut cigarettes, a Holy Bible and Thomas Moore’s ‘Utopia’, property of West Glamorgan Council.
Also, a handwritten cardboard sign that said ‘sleeping rough, thank you’.
The man, aged 25 to 35, is believed to have fallen and was found on May 19, 1996.
He was white, 185cm tall and had collar length light brown hair and blue eyes. He was of a medium build and was wearing blue jeans, a black sweatshirt and black leather jacket with a chequered cloth cap.
Other possessions he had with him included a paperback book of ‘The Greatest Batman Stories’, a Great Britain A-Z map, London Shopper bag, a Eurohike Adventure guide map, black sleeping bag, green towel, blue umbrella, black corkscrew, ‘Barclays’ blank giro slip, three disposable razors, shaving stick, ‘Lynx’ body spray, yellow toothbrush, tin opener, red penny whistle, a white cup, £6.61 in cash, and a passport size photo.
Man found under Avon Bridge
This man’s body was washed up on the bank of the River Avon, underneath Avon Bridge on February 20, 1997.
He is believed to have only been in the water for between 10 and 12 hours but he was never identified.
Aged 25 to 30, with dark brown hair and a full beard, he was 182cm tall and of a stocky build.
His only distinguishing feature was that he had a surgical scar on his abdomen.
He was wearing a burgundy ‘trakman’ tracksuit and burgundy and grey t-shirt when he died. But he is also said to have been wearing green denim jeans and green khaki trousers and a webbing belt.
Man found at golf course
This man was found on the golf course of Gloucester Country Club in 1997.
A white man, aged 25 to 30, 178cm tall with a stocky build, he had black short hair.
He is said to have had a mole on the right hand side of his stomach.
When he was found on April 19 he was wearing blue jeans with a black Adidas t-shirt and green jacket with a black denim jacket over the top. He had on brown boots which were a size eight and a blue scarf.
Found at the base of Seawall
A man was found at the base of the Seawall at Clifton on August 9, 1997.
He is described as ‘lacking unspecified genitals, as well as having scars on his right finger and left hand’.
A white man, aged 30 to 35 and 178cm tall with a stocky build, he also had a moustache and grey coloured eyes.
He was wearing blue jeans and a white cotton shirt with tan coloured sandals – make ‘marlone’.
In his pockets he had a white ‘Marathon’ cigarette lighter, tin of tobacco and cigarette papers.
Man found under cliff edge at Redcliffe Bay
The decomposed body of a man was found under the cliff edge on the beach at Redcliffe Bay on June 20, 2002.
He was aged 20 to 30. His skin was white and he had black hair. He was found wearing nothing but grey checked boxers and black socks.
Elderly woman wearing gold wedding ring
A woman in her 60s was found on the beach at Burnham-on-Sea near the Low Lighthouse in 1993.
It is believed she was only in the water a short time before she was found on January 13.
Her hair was very long and grey and she was 157cm tall with a thin build.
On her hand she was wearing a gold ring and in her pockets were a packet of paracetamol bought in Superdrug and an after curry mint with the word ‘Kansaras’ on it.
She was wearing a black knee length skirt with a blue knitted wrap-around cardigan. Underneath she had on a black cardigan and a pink cardigan, woollen gloves and yellow and black patterned scarf. She was also wearing a light green and beige overcoat with dark green lined fur hood.
Man who was victim of violence
On March 2, 2002, the decomposed remains of a man were found wrapped in black bin liners and bedding, around two years after he is believed to have died.
They were found on moorland at Halse Lane near the village of Winsford.
Alongside him were a number of items including underwear and a distinctive gold pendant featuring a verse from the Quran.
Forensics and the results of radiocarbon dating suggest that he died in late 1999 to June 2000.
Police believe his body may have been there only a few months although he had been dead for longer and possibly kept elsewhere.
The cause of death is unclear but there is evidence that he was subjected to violence around the time of his death.
He is thought to be 25 to 35 years old, and of unknown ethnicity. He was between 172cm and 174cm tall with dark hair with an unspecified mark on his face.
When he was found he was wearing blue and white striped Adidas shorts and a small gold pendant with Arabic script which said ‘belief of faith’ from Chapter two, verse 255 of the Qur’an.
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