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Police investigating after body of man found in Middlesbrough
POLICE have launched an investigation after the body of an unidentified man was found at a sewage works in Middlesbrough.
Northumbrian Water staff made the grim discovery in a large storm and sewage tank at the Cargo Fleet pumping station in the town last Monday, October 14, but heavy rainfall and treacherous conditions meant the body could not be recovered until the next day.
Cleveland Police are now searching the national missing persons database and checking dental records to try to find out the identity of the man, who was 5ft 9ins, weighed about 12 stone and had dark hair, possibly with a dark beard.
A post mortem examination to find out the cause of death has proved inconclusive but it did show the man was aged between 21 and 40, had been dead between three weeks and three months, and had good teeth with no fillings and no decay, although several teeth had been extracted.
Further tests are being carried out to determine the man’s ethnicity, although he is not African-Caribbean. DNA tests have also not found a match on the national database.
Detective Inspector Cath Galloway, of Cleveland Police, who is leading the investigation, said: “There are no signs of trauma on the body and we are treating the death as unexplained.
“There are no reports of missing people in the Cleveland area in that timescale who have not been found and we are making inquiries nationally with the Missing Persons Bureau.
“There will be a family out there missing a son, brother or father and my investigation is focused on trying to find out who this man is as soon as possible.
“Anyone who may be concerned about a friend, relative or neighbour who they may not have seen for a number of weeks, I would like them to come forward as soon as possible.”
She said the body could have entered the sewage system down a manhole cover or directly into the tank at the Cargo Fleet works, just off the A66.
Alistair Baker, of Northumbrian Water, said the site was fenced and secure, and not normally accessible to the public.
DI Galloway said there were a number of immediate inquiries of missing people in local police forces, and she believed the man was either from the area or travelling through.
Mr Baker said the body could have come some considerable distance through one to two-metre wide sewage pipes, possibly as far away as the A19.
Anyone who might have seen anything suspicious near a manhole cover or sewage works, who may know who the man is, or has any further information is asked to contact the police incident room on 01642 303494, the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.
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