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Police launch fresh appeal to identify man found in Thames 10 years ago

Detectives are appealing for new information to identify a man whose body was recovered from the River Thames ten years ago.

The man was discovered on 26 August 2013, after police were called to Bankside Pier in Southwark, following reports that a member of the public had seen a man’s body in the river.

The Marine Policing Unit attended and recovered him from the water, but he was confirmed dead at the scene.

Despite a media appeal at the time, including the release of an e-fit, the man was not identified.

He is described as Black, aged between 40 and 50 years old, with a large build. He was balding, with dark hair at the sides, and had a beard and moustache.

The man was fully clothed in a dark blue fleece with beige shirt underneath, wearing two pairs of dark trousers and brown “Aboutblu” trainers.

Detective Inspector Adrian Smith, from the Central South BCU, which covers the London borough of Southwark, said: “Today marks the 10th anniversary of this man being found in the river. Sadly, he remains unidentified.

“Although not everyone has, or remains in contact with, a family, I still remain hopeful that someone will come forward and tell us who he was. Someone must have wondered where he had gone, and what had happened to him.

“It’s possible that they didn’t see our previous appeals, so I would ask that you take a look at the e-fit that we have re-released, and let us know if you remember him.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the central south missing persons unit on 0208 649 2152 or via 101 quoting reference 13FOU007742, or officers can be emailed via: [email protected]

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