SPECIALIST is working to identify the body of a suspected murder victim that was pulled from the sea off the coast of Germany 28 years ago.
The 6ft 5in tall man believed to be dubbed “The Gentleman” has been found in Heligoland, in the northwest of the country, but despite his distinctive looks, the case has intrigued investigators confused.
The mysterious man’s heavy body showed signs of injury and it is thought he was killed several months before being found by border guards.
He may have been thrown from a ship or driven to the discarded archipelago and then thrown overboard.
Now, German police have launched a new appeal to identify the man who was between 45 and 50 years old at the time of his death.
They are being helped by a group cold case investigators from Goldsmiths University Londonas well as experts from Staffordshire University and Plymouth Marjon College.
Professor Fiona Gabbert, head of Goldsmiths’ Forensic Psychology Unit, said the team was using the technique to urge people to think about events since the time the man disappeared.
Top stories of the era include the death of Pablo Escobar, the bombing of IRA Heathrow, the death of Kurt Cobain, the arrest of OJ Simpson and Nelson Mandela becoming President of South Africa.
Prof Gabbert said: ‘We believe the man was likely missing somewhere between late 1993 and the first six months of 1994, so we urge the public to think back to that time.
“Our research shows that activating memories from a particular period can help individuals remember more information from that particular time, so we asked you to read through a list of news stories. news and events that happened in 1993/1994.
“Take a moment to think about where you are and who you know at this point. Do you think you might know the man we’re trying to identify? ”
German police are also being helped by UK charity International positioning who called on people to come forward and present the image of the dead.
They are urging anyone who may not be comfortable at the time to “release this secret” in addition to a “change of loyalty”.
Investigators say there are solid clues that the man is from an English-speaking area, so could be British or have close ties to Britain.
His black or navy blue leather loafers are size 11 made by British luxury shoe manufacturer Church & Co.
He’s wearing a 100% wool tie with a base color of dark blue and diagonal stripes in grey, brown, orange and green with dry cleaning instructions in English and French only.
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