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Man's body found in River Torridge

A body was found in the River Torridge this week (image courtesy: Nilfanion/WikiCommons)

Police need help with identification

Police are appealing for the public’s help to identify a man whose body was found in the River Torridge at Bideford this week.

Emergency services were called at 2.15 p.m. on Monday 27 March and now detectives are working to establish who he may be and to locate his next of kin. They have eliminated known local missing people from their enquiries.

Police say the man is white, approximately 50 to 60 years old, with receding, greying hair, and a brown but greying neat beard. He has blue eyes and is of a slim build.

He was wearing several layers of clothes, including an outer coat of several shades of blue over a black zip-up fleece, a blue wool jumper, all over a collared plaid shirt that is white and brown. He wore dark blue trousers tied with a cord over blue jeans, and black work boots.

He had wads of blue tac in each ear as possible protection against loud noise. He had no identification, and no property, with him.

Detective sergeant Ben Cartwright said: “Out of respect for this man’s family, officers have been making discreet enquiries since he was found to try and identify him. However, this has not been successful, and we are calling on the local community for assistance.

“While we remain open-minded as to who he is, from the clothing and the ear plugs, it is possible he was operating or working on some sort of machinery – be it a boat, or some sort of local industry.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who works or lives in these environments in the area who may recognise this man from the description given, or anyone else who may have any information to assist us.”

If you have any information that could help with enquiries, please contact police via our website here or by calling 101 quoting log 396 of 27/03/23.


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