Police are hoping that an artist's impression of a man's skull found in the English Channel may help to identify it.

On 12 September 2014 fishermen from Newhaven dredged up the skull while fishing off Newhaven. They brought it into Shoreham when they landed the following day and local police officers took possession of it.

Forensic examination has shown that it is the skull of a man, believed to be in the overall age range of 30-71 at the time of death, but most likely to have been 40-60.

Extensive enquiries have been made, including checks with the National Crime Agency's UK Missing Persons Bureau and with the national DNA database, but no information has yet been obtained that would identify the man.

Sussex Police asked the Missing Persons Bureau for further help and they engaged forensic artist Anneli Pilsbury who has produced this impression based on an assessment of how the man would have appeared.

The case is regarded as unexplained but not suspicious. The area in which it was found is a recognised lawful sea burial area so we think the skull could have come from a burial at sea. It is hoped that some family members may feel this comes from a loved one buried there, or perhaps from a missing person they have previously reported.

If so they can contact;

-UK Missing Persons Bureau via missingpersonsbureau@nca.x.gsi.gov.uk, or call 0845 000 5481


-Sussex Police via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting Sussex serial 1261 of 12/09.

This will enable work to be done to confirm the identity (or otherwise) and allow them to arrange a proper family disposal and tribute as they see fit.

Please get in touch if you can help us to identify this person.




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