11 ‘unclaimed’ bodies washed up on beaches police are still trying to identify

The identities of eleven people whose bodies have washed up in the waters around Merseyside have yet to be discovered.

Some turned up almost 50 years ago, and all are yet to be returned to their families as the mystery surrounding their deaths continue.

From a man found wearing a suit in water at Morpeth Dock to human remains that washed up on beaches, the cases have never been solved.

Detectives are still desperately trying to piece together the identities of each individual, but with some of the investigations decades old, every lead was exhausted long ago.

The Missing Persons Bureau lists information about bodies or remains found, in a bid to try and identify them.

It is the first online database of unsolved deaths in Britain and is part of a UK wide attempt by police forces across the country to find the names of hundreds of unidentified corpses, some dating back to the 1950s.

Merseyside Police said any information that comes to light in regards to unidentified people in the cases of unexplained deaths, “will be thoroughly investigated”.

The decomposed foot of a man was found on November 17, 2004.

The foot was found still in a sock and trainer, washed up on the shoreline at Hightown Beach.

Merseyside Police aged the man between 16 -100.

The sock is described as dark coloured, brand ‘Wilson’ with a ‘W’ embossed on it.

The trainer is a British size 11 described as a Kickers Tarmac training shoe, which appears dark grey but possibly once blue.

No other details are known.

Southport Beach, March 23, 2003

Remains of a man were found on Southport Beach.

The discovery was made by Merseyside Police on March 23, 2003.

The only age range given for the presumed male was one to 100 and no ethnicity, eye colour or hair colour was recorded.

Seaforth Rocks, Crosby, August 1, 1999

The body of a man found in the River Mersey has not been identified.

The man was found on August 1, 1999.

Merseyside Police said the man was seen to jump into the River Mersey at Seaforth Rocks, Crosby and subsequently drowned.

His build was described by police as overweight and his appearance – grey short hair, blue eyes and White European in ethnicity.

He was also believed to have been between 40 to 80-years-old and 182cm tall.

Clothing found on the body was a dark green Tweed jacket, size 42 with a Sergio Rossi Label inside.

A black belt and trousers, blue/green socks, blue underpants and vest, a white shirt and slip on black, wide fitting ‘Freewalk label’ footwear, was also found.

Merseyside, October 25, 1995

The body of a man aged between 25 to 35-years-old was found in Merseyside, on October 25, 1995.

The man was seen to set fire to himself outside Liverpool Cathedral.

He told a passerby to look after his wife and kids.

His build was described as thin, with brown hair and blue eyes.

The only clothing listed is a pair of Reebok trainers.

Crosby Beach, March 11, 1985

On March 11, 1985, the body of a man was found on Crosby beach.

The man was described as aged between 25 to 40-years-old and 173cm tall and of stocky build.

His body was found washed up on the shore at Crosby. He had a distinguishing mole on his right leg.

Clothing found near the body included blue jeans, grey and maroon socks and blue/grey lace up footwear with a with red, white and blue motif.

The man’s eye colour was not recorded.

Liverpool, October 17, 1984

A man’s body was found hanging in a Liverpool house.

The man is believed to have been dead approximately four to five days when he was found on October 17, 1984.

He was described as between 25-30 years-old, White European, 173cm tall, with brown straight hair.

The clothing he was wearing was listed as a blue jacket, dark blue trousers with black footwear.

Pier Head, River Mersey, May 13, 1984

On May 13, 1984 the body of a man was recovered from Pier Head.

Described as between 50-60 years-old the man’s distinguishing features were cataracts on both eyes and lacking lower and upper teeth.

He was White European, of medium build and 163cm tall.

His clothing was listed as a grey/green jacket, charcoal coloured trousers, a white shirt, a blue/grey Herringbone waistcoat, longjohns, green socks and size 8 black shoes.

An armed services make pocket watch was found on his possession.

River Mersey, Pier Head, October 28, 1982

A body of a man aged between 60 – 65 years old was found in the River Mersey near the Pier Head.

The discovery was made on October 28, 1982, at around 7.30pm.

The body was described as that of a medium build man, White European in ethnicity, 173cm tall and with grey short hair.

Distinguishing features on the body were listed as lacking upper teeth.

In his possession the man had a pair of ladies bi-focal spectacles and was wearing a gold religious medallion necklace.

His clothing was described as a grey checked jacket, black trousers, a red and black tie, brown suede shoes and a beige/fawn coloured raincoat.

West Kirby beach, April 20, 1982

The body of a man was found on the beach at West Kirby on April 20, 1982.

Prior to his death the man, believed to be between 35-45 years-old, was understood to have been drinking and taking drugs, according to Merseyside Police.

He had a distinguishing surgical scar to his abdomen.

His description was listed as White European, of thin build, 178cm tall, with brown receding hair.

On his possession there was a half empty bottle of Bells whiskey, cigarettes, matches and a receipt issued at Liptons Supermarket on Ford Road in Upton, Wirral.

His clothing was described as a woollen overcoat brand Melka Trend, blue Lopez jeans, a blue checked Austin Reed size 15” shirt and a blue jumper with the label cut out.

White and blue striped underpants and size nine boots were also listed.

Seaforth shore, June 29, 1977

Remains, believed to be that of a male, were found on the rocks at Seaforth shore.

The remains are believed to have been those of a man aged between 30-40 years-old, height 173cm, of medium build.

They were found by Merseyside Police on June 29, 1977.

He is believed to have been dead approximately three months when his remains were found.

Morpeth Dock, June 5, 1972

A man’s body dressed in a suit, was found in water at Morpeth Dock.

The body was aged between 25-35-years-old and was believed to have been in the water approximately 12 hours before being recovered on June 5, 1972.

He was described as thin build, White European, with light brown, receding hair and grey in eye colour.

Distinguishing features listed are that the body of the man had a scar on his left lip, was lacking teeth and had false teeth.

Clothes found on the body included a dark grey Jackson suit, with a tartan wool tie, black lace up leather shoes and a white shirt.

An Accurist gold plated wrist watch with a black leather strap was also found.

On the body’s possession was also a pair of black and gold rimmed spectacles, three keys on a chrome/steel keyring – including a key marked N.M.13.