Mystery of body found in disused building in Morland Road, Addiscombe: Police re-issue e-fit

Do you recognise this face? Police are trying to find the identity of this man

Do you recognise this face? Police are trying to find the identity of this man

First published in News Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

Police are re-issuing an image of a mystery dead man in the hope of discovering his identity, four months after his body was found in the grounds of a disused building.

The man's body was found in the grounds of a former health clinic, at 6 Morland Road, Addiscombe, at about 3pm on May 8.

Detectives are treating his death as non-suspicious and today have re-issued the e-fit of his face.

The man is described as black, of medium build, 5ft 8in to 6ft, with short black and grey hair and a full black and grey beard.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the man's clothes were clean and it did not appear he had been sleeping rough.

Enquires have led the police to believe the man had been living in rented accommodation at the time of his death and had recently lost his job.

He was found wearing a black v-neck sweater, brown shirt, blue denim jeans, a brown belt and black lace-up boots.

A small black bag was found near his body.

Officers are particularly interested in hearing from landlords with a tenant matching the man's description who has gone missing or not paid rent.

Investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Sian Thomas said: "We're reissuing this e-fit in the hope that somebody from the Addiscombe or surrounding areas might recognise him and be able to identify who he is.

“He had no identification with him when he was found but we've reason to believe he was living in rented accommodation and had recently lost his job, which was probably in the Croydon or south London area.

"An inquest into his death is due to take place next week and it would be terribly sad if we were unable to establish who this man was.

“If anyone has information, we'd urge them to come forward, as it might then help us to trace his family or next of kin, wherever they may be, and inform them of his death."

Police are particularly interested in any landlords who had a tenant matching the description who may have gone missing around that time or who had not paid the rent.

Anyone with information is asked to please call Croydon Missing Persons Unit on 020 8649 0016 or 101.

All calls with be treated in confidence.

An inquest into the death is due to open on September 11 at Croydon Coroner's Court.

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