Can You Identify Exmoor Man?

Police are making a fresh appeal to identify a body found on Exmoor 15 year ago.

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An Exmoor park ranger found bags containing human remains on moorland off Halse Lane near the village of Winsford on Sunday 3 March 2002. 

Despite an extensive police investigation and national appeals the body has never been identified and the mystery surrounding the man's death continues. 

While the cause of death remains undetermined, there's evidence the man suffered injuries consistent with a violent assault before his death, which was sometime between late 1999 and 2000. 

Following analysis of satellite photographs, we believe the body may have been kept elsewhere for a significant period of time before being buried on Exmoor at some point after May 2001. 

DS Pete Frake, of the Major Crime Review Team, said: ''The remains of the man were wrapped in plastic bags and bedding and alongside him were a number of items including underwear and a distinctive gold pendant featuring a verse from the Quran. 

''We've carried out exhaustive enquiries over the years, tracing hundreds of reporting missing people and following up leads from members of the public, but frustratingly, the identity of this man is still unknown. 

''A clay head facial reconstruction was produced in May 2002, along with other 3D reconstructions, to give an idea of what the man may have looked like. 

''We have a full DNA profile, so cutting-edge forensic techniques have been utilised and we've sought input from leading scientific experts from around the UK and Europe, including anthropologists, pathologists, dental morphology specialists and experts in Mitochondrial DNA analysis. 

''Establishing the man's identity is the key to unlocking this case. We need to let his family know what happened to him and ensure the person or people involved in his death and the gruesome deposition of his body on Exmoor are brought to justice.'' 

Do you know of someone who went missing inexplicably in late 1999 or 2000? 

Do you have any information on how this man died, or how his remains came to be on Exmoor? 

Did you see any suspicious activity on Exmoor around May 2001? 

Police have a full DNA profile of the victim so are able to rule people in or out of this inquiry. 

There are some key identifying features policee want people to consider to see if they know who this man may be: 

Died in late 1999 to 2000 

In his mid-twenties to mid-thirties 

Pigmented skin tone Caucasian bone structure, so heritage most likely to be North Africa or Asian sub-continent, but could also be Middle Eastern or eastern Mediterranean 

May have only lived in UK for a few years prior to 1999/2000 

May have spent time in southern England in an area between Plymouth and Bude in the west and Poole and Bristol in the east 

Found with gold pendant with an inscription from verse 255 of the Quran, called The Throne Verse/The Chair 

Police believe the pendant was made in Pakistan and is commonly worn in the Gujarat area of India

If you can help with this inquiry, please call the Major Crime Review Team on 101 and tell the call handler you are calling about Operation Glacier.

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