Still no clues over body find mysteries

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The bodies of five men discovered on beaches on the Fylde coast are still on the files of Lancashire Police’s unsolved deaths.

The mystery discoveries, which date back as far as 1974, include the bodies of men found on beaches at Blackpool, St Annes and Fleetwood.

The update has come from the files of the Missing Persons Bureau, and outline the details of unsolved cases dating back four dacades.

The latest files were released after The Gazette first highlighted the issue last year.

It includes the discovery of one man whose biody was found in St Annes beach in August last year.

The four mystery discoveries are:

l A man aged 45 to 55, around 160cm in height, with a thin build and receeding brown hair.

His body was recovered from the sea at Preesall on January 4, 1982.

Police said he had only been in the water a short time and his watch had stopped at 6.20am on January 2, 1982.

l An unknown man aged between 40 and 65, around 180cm in height with a medium build. The decomposed body of the man was discovered on September 30, 1977 in the sea at Blackpool.

He was found to have severe atheroma of the arteries and possibly cancer. He is believed to have been in the water for around six months.

l Another unknown man, aged between 50 and 65, 163cm in height, with a medium build, with dark brown receeding hair and discovered washed up on the foreshore at Fleetwood on September 6, 1974.

l On April 19, 2011, an unknown man (pictured) aged between 20 and 60 and around 177cm in height was found oppisite Bentinck Road, St Annes.

It is believed the death happened more than a year before.

l Finally last year, on August 17, the body of a man was found on St Annes beach. He had dark hair and was around 157cm tall with a slim build. It is estimated he is aged between 60 and 100.

The Missing Persons Bureau is the UK national and international point of contact for all missing persons and unidentified body investigations. It provides support and advice to police services in a bid to resolve cases.