Eight bodies found in Lancashire are still unidentified decades on

Image of body of a man found in Preston in 1978. Never identified.'From Missing Persons Bureau

Image of body of a man found in Preston in 1978. Never identified.'From Missing Persons Bureau

  • Bodies and remains of eight people found in Lancashire over the last four decades have never been identified
  • Missing Persons Bureau outlines the details of cases from the last four decades that have never been solved
  • The most recent case where a body was found and has not yet been identified was that of a man found on St Annes beach in August last year
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The bodies and remains of eight people found in Lancashire over the last four decades have never been identified, it has been revealed.

Police have been unable to find out the identities of the seven men and one woman found dead across the county.

No unsolved murder or serious sexual assault is ever closed and we remain committed to delivering closure and support for the victims and their families, as well as reassuring our communities, regardless of the passage of time

They include a man, aged between 35 and 50, found suffering hypothermia on a farm in Longton, near Preston, in August 1978. Another is the feet of a woman found north of the county in 1987.

One foot was found near Middleton in Lancaster and, weeks later, the other foot was found in Heysham.

The files, published by the UK Missing Persons Bureau, also show a number of cases where bodies have been washed up or found in the sea at Blackpool.

There are currently 541 unidentified bodies being investigated in England, Scotland and Wales.

Information from the Missing Persons Bureau outlines the details of cases from the last four decades that have never been solved.

In each case, the bodies found have never been identified and police only know vague circumstances about their deaths. It is thought the bodies and remains were buried in unmarked graves.

The cases include a man found suffering hypothermia in Longton, near Preston, in August 1978, and other cases of bodies found washed up on the Lancashire coast.

The most recent case where a body was found and has not yet been identified was that of a man found on St Annes beach in August last year.

Today Lancashire police said there are currently 15 unsolved/undetected murders in the county – including the case of the Ormesher sisters murdered in Ormskirk in 1956.

But a spokesman said none of these eight cases fall into that category.

DS Rob Anderson, from Lancashire Constabulary’s Force Major Investigation Team, said: “No unsolved murder or serious sexual assault is ever closed and we remain committed to delivering closure and support for the victims and their families, as well as reassuring our communities, regardless of the passage of time.

“Cold cases are continually reviewed by an assigned senior investigating officer who investigates any new lines of enquiry should new opportunities, such as advances in scientific techniques, and information become available.

“It is important that the people who have committed appalling crimes, however long ago, are brought to justice so that we can bring comfort to those loved ones still waiting for answers.”

The Missing Persons Bureau is the UK national and international point of contact for all missing person and unidentified body investigations.

It provides support and advice to police forces in order to resolve cases and acts as a hub for the exchange of information and expertise

in this area. It also maintains the national database of

missing and unidentified records.

However, the information on the organisation’s website does not give a full picture of the number of unidentified bodies, remains or alive persons found and identified in Lancashire.

All unidentified cases, including bodies, remains and missing people in the UK are eligible to be highlighted on the website.

However, babies, suspected murder investigations and partial remains are excluded from the website.

See missingpersons.police.uk/

Case study one:

Gender: Male

Age Range: 35 to 50

Ethnicity: White European

Height (cm): 152cm

Build: Medium

Date found: 28 / 08 / 1978

Estimated death, body or remains circumstances: Male found suffering from hypothermia on a farm in Longton near Preston.

He stated “I want to go back to Warner Park”. He was taken to hospital where he subsequently died.

Hair: Dark brown - Collar length

Facial hair: Moustache

Eye colour: Brown

Clothing:

Jacket - suit - grey, trousers - suit - grey

overcoat - thigh length - maroon.

Footwear - shoes - black. All clothing destroyed by hospital-verminous state

Case study two:

Gender: Female

Age Range: 17 to 50

Ethnicity: White European

Height (cm): Unknown

Build:

Date found: 05 / 08 / 1987

Estimated death,

body or remains circumstances:

Right foot found inside sock and training shoe at Middleton, near Lancaster.

On August 31, 1987, a left foot was found in an identical sock and training shoe at Heysham.

The shoes were British size 4.

Hair:

Facial hair:

Eye colour: Unknown

Clothing:

Footwear - trainers - blue - grey or blue with 3 x vertical stripes on sides.

Hose - socks - white. Appear to be white cotton fibre material

Case study three:

Gender: Male

Age Range: 50 to 65

Ethnicity: White European

Height (cm): 163cm

Build: Medium

Date found: 06 / 09 / 1974

Estimated death,

body or remains circumstances: Found washed up on foreshore in Fleetwood.

Hair: Dark brown - Receding

Eye colour: Unknown

Distinguishing features

Lacking - false teeth - Upper teeth

Lacking - lower - Lower teeth

Clothing:

Overcoat - Mackintosh - grey - ‘st michael’

Jacket - suit - dark ‘Willerby’ make, trousers - suit - dark ‘Willerby’ make, shirt/blouse - shirt - white - ‘Kelson’ make, jumper - cardigan - yellow - mustard colour sleeveless with zip fastener. Footwear - shoes - brown - check pattern inside. Jewellery, watch - ‘saga’ with ‘fixoflex’ bracelet. Possessions, brown leather notecase, £13, small case containing brush, comb and filer.

Case study four:

Gender: Male

Age Range: 40 to 65

Ethnicity: Unknown

Height (cm): 180cm

Build: Medium

Date found: 30 / 09 / 1977

Estimated death,

body or remains circumstances:

Decomposed body found in the sea at Blackpool.

He had severe atheroma of the arteries and possibly cancer.

Eight gallstones in the gall bladder. Believed to have been in the water approximately six months.

Hair:

Facial hair:

Eye colour: Unknown

Case study five:

Gender: Male

Age Range: 45 to 55

Ethnicity: White European

Height (cm): 160cm

Build: Thin

Date found: 04 / 01 / 1982

Estimated death,

body or remains circumstances: Recovered from the sea in Preesall. He had only been in the water for a short period of time. His watch stopped at 6.20am on January 2, 1982

Hair: Brown - Receding

Facial hair: Bushy

Eye colour: Blue

Distinguishing features: Mark - unspecified - Left hand,Scar - unspecified - Right - Centre leg

Clothing:

Trousers - cords - brown, underwear - vest - blue - white piping, shirt/blouse - shirt - red - striped - red and white striped size 15, jumper - purple - sleeveless pullover worn under shirt, underwear - underpants - white, jacket - beige - stone colour

Case study six:

Gender: Male

Age Range: 20 to 60

Ethnicity: Unknown

Height (cm): 162cm to 177cm

Build:

Date found: 19 / 04 / 2011

Estimated death,

body or remains circumstances: Partial remains found opposite Bentinck Road, Lytham St Annes. Believed that death occurred over one year ago.

Hair:

Facial hair:

Eye colour: Unknown

Case study seven:

Gender: Male

Age Range: 40 to 60

Ethnicity: White European

Height (cm): 175cm

Build: Medium

Date found: 03 / 05 / 1999

Estimated death,

body or remains circumstances: Found in the River Douglas at Roby Hill, Skelmersdale.

Believed to have been in the water two to three months.

Hair: Unknown - Bald

Facial hair: Full beard

Eye colour: Unknown

Clothing:

Hose - Socks - dark coloured,

Jumper - dark coloured, make ‘Mackays’

Shirt/blouse - T-shirt - black - with ‘Reebok’ in red on front.

Underwear - underpants

Case study eight:

Gender: Male

Age Range: 60 to 100

Ethnicity: White European

Height (cm): 157cm

Build: Slim

Date found: 17 / 08 / 2014

Estimated death,

body or remains circumstances:

Male body was found on St Annes beach in Blackpool. He was of slight or slim build weighing about 50 to 55 kgs. He has a full set of dentures on the upper jaw and partial dentures on the lower jaw.

Hair: Dark

Facial hair:

Eye colour: Unknown

Distinguishing features

Lacking - upper teeth - L & R teeth. Full set of dentures

Lacking - lower teeth. Partial set of dentures

Clothing:

Belt - dark - dark brown/black belt

Footwear - Shoes - black - thick-soled, with a single strap that looks like velcro