Police reconstruct face of man who lay dead in a barn for a year in bid to uncover his identity

Hampshire Police have released this facial reconstruction image of a man whose body was found in a disused barn off Bazeley Copse Lane, Micheldever

Hampshire Police have released this facial reconstruction image of a man whose body was found in a disused barn off Bazeley Copse Lane, Micheldever

Hampshire Police have released this facial reconstruction image of a man whose body was found in a disused barn off Bazeley Copse Lane, Micheldever

Detectives have released a facial reconstruction image of a man whose body was found 18 months ago in a farm building in Hampshire where it had lain undiscovered for at least a year.

The body was found in the disused barn off Bazeley Copse Lane, Micheldever on December 1 2017 by police carrying out inquiries into an unrelated burglary.

The man is thought to have been sleeping rough in the barn but his DNA matches that of no missing person on file.  

As well as the human remains, the officers found items including a sleeping bag, a rucksack, a Sony Walkman, a Martina Cole novel and a Winchester street atlas.

But the items were unable to help identify their owner and the man’s identity still remains a mystery. 

A Hampshire police spokesman said: ‘We believe the remains had been in the barn for at least a year.

‘Despite extensive forensic and DNA examinations, detectives have been unable to identify this man, and we are now appealing for help from the public.’

The man is described as being white, aged between his 30s and 60s, about 5ft 6in tall, with short fair brown hair. 

Officers also said he had a narrow face with an overbite.

A rucksack that was with the body found in the barn off Bazeley Copse Lane, Micheldever where the man is believed to have been sleeping rough

A rucksack that was with the body found in the barn off Bazeley Copse Lane, Micheldever where the man is believed to have been sleeping rough

A rucksack that was with the body found in the barn off Bazeley Copse Lane, Micheldever where the man is believed to have been sleeping rough 

A blue hooded jumper was also recovered from near the body, which had been in the barn for at least a year before it was found on December 1 2017 in Hampshire

A blue hooded jumper was also recovered from near the body, which had been in the barn for at least a year before it was found on December 1 2017 in Hampshire

A blue hooded jumper was also recovered from near the body, which had been in the barn for at least a year before it was found on December 1 2017 in Hampshire 

This road atlas was also discovered in the farm building by police carrying out inquiries into an unrelated burglary

This road atlas was also discovered in the farm building by police carrying out inquiries into an unrelated burglary

None of the items found near the man's body, such as this black glove, provided the key to his identity

None of the items found near the man's body, such as this black glove, provided the key to his identity

A road atlas and a black glove were also discovered in the farm building by police carrying out inquiries into an unrelated burglary

Detective Constable Clare Hughes said: ‘Our priority is to identify this man, make contact with those who knew him and give them some degree of closure.

‘We believe that the man had been sleeping rough in the barn, and was possibly following the railway line to walk to or from Winchester.

‘We have a DNA profile of the man, but we have had no matches for other missing people in the UK, where DNA is available.’

The force spokesman said that a post mortem was unable to find a cause of death and there were no signs that the man had been attacked or restrained.

He said: ‘Detectives are treating the death as unexplained but non-suspicious.’

Officers found items including a a pair of glasses (pictured) sleeping bag, rucksack, Sony Walkman, Martina Cole novel and a Winchester street atlas.

Officers found items including a a pair of glasses (pictured) sleeping bag, rucksack, Sony Walkman, Martina Cole novel and a Winchester street atlas.

Officers found items including a pair of glasses (pictured) a sleeping bag, a rucksack, a Sony Walkman, a Martina Cole novel and a Winchester street atlas.

Detective Constable Clare Hughes said although police have a DNA profile of the man, it does not match any DNA on file for other missing people in the UK, so his identity remains a mystery

Detective Constable Clare Hughes said although police have a DNA profile of the man, it does not match any DNA on file for other missing people in the UK, so his identity remains a mystery

Detective Constable Clare Hughes said although police have a DNA profile of the man, it does not match any DNA on file for other missing people in the UK, so his identity remains a mystery 

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