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Canterbury: Body found in field could be 'disorientated Londoner'

Detectives who are struggling to identify a body of a man found in a field say he may have been a 'disorientated Londoner'.

The body was found beside a black suitcase containing an Oyster card and book on theology when it was discovered near to Hollow Lane, Canterbury, almost three weeks ago.

Despite 'lengthy enquiries', police have still not been able to identify him.

Forensics at the scene of where the body was found
Forensics at the scene of where the body was found

The man is described as white and in his mid-50s to late-60s, with short white hair and a short white beard and was of a slim to skinny build, between 5ft 5in and 5ft 6in tall.

He was found with a small black suitcase, which contained toiletries and clothes, a book - Clinical Theory: A Theological and Psychological Basis to Clinical Pastoral Care by Frank Lake, abridged by Martin H. Yeomans - and an unregistered Oyster Card.

Detective Inspector Tracy Anstis said: "The Oyster card suggests he may have had links to London, and one line of enquiry is that he was from the Walthamstow area.

"One theory is that he was visiting Canterbury and may have become disorientated.

"We are keen to trace his last movements and establish if he was staying locally. Someone, somewhere, must know who this person is, and we urge them to contact us."

The footpath was taped off after the body was found.
The footpath was taped off after the body was found.

Officers say the man's death is being treated as non-suspicious but the cause of his death is unknown.

Tests are being run to establish whether his death was from natural causes or was linked to hypothermia.

DI Anstis added: "Unfortunately he had no identification with him and his fingerprints were not on file.

"As part of our enquiries we have liaised with the National Crime Agency’s Missing Persons Bureau but so far no-one matching his description has been reported missing."

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting reference number 03-0188.

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