Positive response to mystery man appeal

Facial depiction of the body pulled from the River Tay.
Facial depiction of the body pulled from the River Tay.

Police Scotland have thanked the public for their support in trying to identify a man who was recovered from the River Tay at Broughty Ferry a week ago (Friday, September 6).

Detective Constable Keith Stockton said the release of an image, created by an expert in craniofacial identification, had prompted calls, emails and social media messages from the UK and abroad to the police from people who are keen to help.

While the identity of the man still remains a mystery, detective officers are encouraged by the public response and renewed an appeal for people to get in touch with any information they feel might be useful.

Detective Stockton said: “People have been very quick to get in touch, not necessarily to offer a possible name or address for the man, but to say they think they have seen a man who looks similar, or wears similar clothes and where they have seen him before.

“We’ve had people get in touch to suggest what outdoor pursuits he might have been interested in and to name possible retail outlets where his clothing might have been bought. Someone even got in touch from Thailand with information about clothing. We are very grateful to all of them and are following up on what they have told us.

“We still do not know who the man is or where he is from – clearly it would help our enquiries enormously if someone were to provide a name and address – but we want people to keep getting in touch with any scrap of information they have no matter how insignificant they feel it might be. It could be the detail that helps us make a breakthrough.”

The deceased – who is believed to have been in the water for a matter of days rather than weeks - was a middle-aged man and, as depicted in the artist’s image, had dark brown hair, greying a little at the sides, and a greying brown beard and moustache.

In the image he appears to have blue eyes, although detectives indicate that the precise colour of his eyes may have been different in life, as the colour can alter post mortem. He was about six feet to six feet one inches tall and of stocky build.

Tayside Division is now in a position to release images of the clothing the man was wearing when he was recovered from the water between Broughty Castle and Broughty Ferry Lifeboat Station.

He wore a red Montane-make waterproof jacket with hood, a Mountain Life-make beige coloured long sleeve shirt, a woollen snood around his neck, black Dunlop fingerless cycling gloves, green Mountain Life hiking style trousers, dark coloured socks but no footwear.

In addition to the public appeal, officers have carried out enquiries locally, as well as enquiries with neighbouring forces and colleagues elsewhere in the country. Detectives have also established contact with police forces in other countries in the hope of establishing the man’s identity.

When found he had several items in his possession, namely;

Two x ear plugs orange in colour and the small plastic box for them

Set of four gold/brass coloured keys (3 padlock and 1 door key) on a similar coloured metal chain found attached to deceased’s left trouser pocket

Red plastic hair comb

Small ‘Alpbach’ white pen knife with blade and corkscrew

Seiko silver metal wrist watch

Pair of large black plastic sunglasses.

Anyone who recognises the deceased or who knows anything that could assist police enquiries should call 101 or speak with any police officer.