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4 May 2012, 05:00
Officers from Norfolk and Suffolk's Joint Major Investigation Team are appealing for information regarding a 31 year old mystery they are trying to solve as part of their work on the Force's cold cases.
Back in July 1981, a ship, called the 'Boston Sea Stallion' owned by a deep sea fishing company, was trawling off the coast of Lowestoft when they recovered a body from the sea. For reasons unknown, the body was returned to the water but authorities were alerted. The body was never seen again.
It is possible that the body was a missing person who disappeared in Norfolk earlier that year and this incident forms part of an enquiry into all outstanding missing people from Norfolk and Suffolk, known as Operation Mouldsworth.
DC Gary Fisher, who is leading the investigation, commented on the appeal saying: "There is no suggestion that the crew had, in any way, behaved inappropriately. However, I would still like to speak to anyone who may remember the incident and may be able to help with the identification of the body.
The ship was owned by the Boston Deep Sea Fishing Company at the time and was the pride of their fleet, having been launched by Maggie Thatcher herself in 1978."
Anyone with information should contact DC Fisher at the Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Major Investigation Team on 101.