Body found in Northampton parkland was 5ft 9in man wearing distinctive Russian jeans

Detectives still hunt for clues in bid to identify remains found in Lings Wood

By Kevin Nicholls
Thursday, 11th June 2020, 2:02 pm
Updated Thursday, 11th June 2020, 2:04 pm

Detectives trying to identify a body found in Northampton woodland last month have released pictures of clothing they hope will help their investigation.

Police have are not treating the death as suspicious and revealed the remains unearthed by a member of the public in Lings Wood on May 4 had been there "for some time".

Home Office pathologists were drafted in to help forensic investigations and have confirmed the deceased was a full grown male with brown hair around 5ft 9in tall with size ten feet.

A spokesman for the Northamptonshire Police said: "Though detectives are not treating the man’s death as suspicious at this time, so far they have been unable to confirm his identity and have now released further details of what he was wearing and what was on his person when he was found.

"If, after seeing these photos, anybody has any information about who this person could be, please call us on 101 using incident number 20000226920.”

Police believe the biggest clue may be a pair of blue-grey Barbo jeans found on the body, which appears to be made by a Russian clothing company, and a pair of black and white Diesel trainers with white laces.

Other photographs released of what the deceased was wearing include a fur-lined, navy blue puffa jacket; a dark blue Penguin slim-fit polo shirt, a pair of blue And yellow boxer shorts and a black belt.

The body found in Lings Wood in May was wearing dstinctive Russian jeans

Another body uncovered by children during a Wildlife Trust clean-up of the Lings Wood area in 2002 has never been identified despite a cold case review six years ago.

It is believed those remains had been hidden in undergrowth for up to a year.

Experts used a clay model showing what the man's face would have looked like in an appeal for information, but police still drew a blank.

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Police have released photos of clothes worn by the man found dead in Lings Wood last month. Photos: Northamptonshire Police

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