Fresh appeal to identify man found dead in Gloucester

A fresh appeal has been launched to identify a man who was found dead in Gloucester in 1997. This new image has been released of the man in hope someone may be able to help piece the puzzle together of who he was
-Credit: (Image: The new living depiction has been created by forensic artist Hew Morrison)


A fresh appeal has been launched to identify a man who was found dead in Gloucester. A new image has been released of the man in hope someone may be able to help piece the puzzle together of who he was.

The man was found in April 1997, in the woodland grounds within Gloucester Golf Club. He was discovered on the southern end of Robinswood Hill Country Park near Matson, yet despite extensive investigations, he has never been identified.

Since May 2023, volunteer cold case investigators with Locate International, a charity that looks into cases of missing and unidentified people, have been working to reunite him with his name. The charity has not given up hope with trying to identify the man are are appealing to the public to come forward with any information they may have.

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The man was of white European appearance, although his ethnicity is not known. He is estimated to have been between 25 and 30 years old, and was 5ft 10ins (178cm) tall. He was wearing brown size 8 boots, which are relatively small compared with his height.

He had short thick black hair, thick black eyebrows, and very light stubble on his top lip and chin but was otherwise clean shaven. He appeared to have good dentition and his only recorded identifying mark was a mole on his right abdomen.

He was wearing what appears to be substantial outdoor clothing:

  • Green padded jacket

  • Black ‘Pepe International’ denim jacket

  • Black ‘Adidas’ T-shirt

  • Blue denim jeans/trousers

  • Blue scarf

  • Brown boots, size 8

  • A digital watch, make unknown

Locate International’s CEO, Dave Grimstead said: “We’re confident that there is someone out there who must recognise Gloucester Man, even if they had only limited contact with him.If you think the information you have is limited, it can still help our investigation in all sorts of unexpected ways: whether that’s by sending it in a new direction, or by confirming information we already knew.”

Maybe you remember where you were at the time? On the same day he was found, Gloucester’s rugby team lost 27-11 at home to Harlequins, Scott Benton scoring a try for the home team. Gloucester City FC beat Gravesend & Northfleet 3-1 at home, with two goals from Adie Mings and one from Dale Watkins. The number one single at the time was ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ by R. Kelly.

The charity would like people to ask themselves, or people they know, these questions:

1. Does this man resemble anyone you knew, or saw in the Gloucester area in the 1990s?

2. If so, what do you remember about him?

3. Does he resemble anyone you knew, and with whom you lost contact in the mid or late 90s?

4. Did you attend the incident, or were you involved in investigating it?

If you have any information, please contact Locate International by emailing appeals@locate.international, by calling 0300 102 1011 or by visiting here.