Mystery remains over canal corpse

An artist’s impression has been released by police of a man who was found dead in the River Lea in a bid to identify him.

Photo:Metropolitan Police

Police have released an artist’s impression in a bid to identify a man whose body was discovered in the River Lea.

A member of the public discovered the body in the river, near the Bow Bridge, last December. The man has still not been identified and police hope the artist’s impression and an image of his T-shirt will help establish who he was.

Officers have not been able to identify the man, whose death is being treated as unexplained, as he was not carrying any identification. All other missing persons enquiries have already been exhausted.

The man is described as white, aged between 40 and 50, around 5ft 9inches, with blue eyes and greying hair. He also has two piercings on his left ear.

He was dressed in a white ‘Urban Spirit’ t-shirt with the number ‘37’ on the front, a blue jumper and black jeans.

Detective Superintendent Gerard Healy of the Metropolitan Police Newham Missing Persons Unit, said: “This man’s family and friends probably do not know that he has passed away and could be wondering where he is. It is extremely important that we identify him.”

If you think you know the identity of this man you can call Newham Missing Persons Unit on 0207 275 5728.