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Police appeal for help solve mystery of unidentified body found at Longridge Fell

Posted on - 20th April, 2023 - 9:08pm | Author - | Posted in - Lancashire Police, Longridge, Preston News, Ribble Valley News
Map of where the body was found in woodland just off Birdy Brow
Map of where the body was found in woodland just off Birdy Brow

Police are appealing for help to identify a body that was found at Longridge Fell.

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Emergency services attended woodland just off Birdy Brow earlier this month, and sadly found the body of a deceased male.

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Police think the man’s body had been at the scene for some weeks, but maybe as long as a few months.

Despite a number of enquiries, officers have still not been able to identify the man.

The body was found in woodland, and may have been there for weeks or even months
The body was found in woodland, and may have been there for weeks or even months

The man’s death is being treated as unexplained, although there are no suspicious circumstances at this time. A Home Office post-mortem examination was inconclusive and further tests are needed to try and establish how he died.

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He is described as a white male aged anywhere between 30 and 70, between 5ft 5in and 5ft 7in tall, and very thin and only weighing 28kg. He may have had a beard and or moustache and had short dark greying hair. He had a scar on his stomach that is consistent with an appendectomy.

He was wearing a pair of Salomon Quest 04 walking boots, a black Rab waterproof jacket and a black Rab top with an Arc’teryx top underneath. He was also wearing Rohan trousers and was suitably dressed for walking this type of terrain.

Salomon Quest 04 walking boots
Salomon Quest 04 walking boots
Rab waterproof jacket
Rab waterproof jacket
Rab top
Rab top
Rohan trousers
Rohan trousers

Det Insp Tammy Woodhouse, of East police, said: “While we have carried out a number of enquiries to try and find out who this man is we have so far been unable to identify him and I’m hoping that someone out there will recognise the description or the clothing and will be able to help us.

“Judging by his clothing he was probably someone who did a lot of walking or spent a lot of time outdoors and I would ask if you know someone like that who you haven’t seen for a while then please give us a call.

“It’s sad to think that we haven’t been able to identify this man or been able to contact any relatives he may have had so if you think you can help us, please do give us a call.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact us on 101 quoting log 0730 of April 9.

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