THE skeletal remains of a man found in woodland and the body of a man with hypothermia found in a river are among the cases of unidentified bodies found in North Wales that remain unsolved.
Dating back to the 1970s up until the most recent in 2015, there are 15 open cases of missing persons in the the North Wales Police region listed by the UK Missing Persons Bureau.
The UK Missing Persons Unit uses its website, social media, a weekly podcast, and other means to raise awareness when someone goes missing.
The body of a man was found in Clocaenog Forest in 2015
They also have a list of historic cases that remain unsolved in the hope that someone will come forward with information to put a name to unidentified bodies, even if it is years or even decades later.
As would be expected, many of the bodies were found washed ashore on North Wales beaches or recovered from the sea.
But others include the discovery of a man buried in a shallow grave in Ruthin and a man found hanging in woodland in Bangor.
More information about cases and how to provide information can be found at https://www.missingpersons.police.uk
The 15 unsolved cases of bodies found in North Wales:
1: Man, aged 54-100, found in Clocaenog Forest, near Corwen, found November 14, 2015
Image of the man whose body was found in Clocaenog Forest
The skeletal remains of a male were discovered at Clocaenog Forest, and it is believed the body has been at the location for a number of years. In life he would have been 173cm – 180cm (5 Ft 8 Ins – 5 Ft 10 Ins) tall with a stocky build.
He is thought to have been over 54 years of age at the time of his death, most likely in his 60s, and was born before 1950. Dentistry shows work typical of that carried out in the UK between 1980 and 2000.
He suffered from athritis and an inflammatory joint condition, which would have affected his back and a number of other joints. This would likely have given him pain and reduced movement. He had previously suffered an injury to his spine, a broken nose and possibly an injury to his left wrist.
A badly decomposed pair of Marks and Spencer underpants and dark green Pringle jumper were recovered close to the remains. They may have belonged to the individual, although this cannot be confirmed.
2. Man, aged 50 – 60, Capel Curig, found May 23, 2011
Image of the man whose body was found in Capel Curig
The body of a white European male was found in river near Capel Curig. He suffered from a skin pigmentation disorder which was noticeable on his face, neck, hands, arms and lower limbs.
The cause of death was hypothermia.
He had brown hair, a short, full beard and his eyes were blue. He was 183cm (6 Ft 0 Ins) tall with a thin build.
It is believed he died on May 22, 2011.
3. Man, aged 40-60, Aberfraw, found December 4, 2001
The body of a white European male was found on the beach at Aberfraw. He was 175cm (5 Ft 8 Ins) tall with a medium build.
The body was washes ashore. There are no other details available on this case.
4. Male, aged 14 – 45, Porth Neigwl, found February 18, 2001
Remains of a male were found washed ashore at Hell’s Mouth Beach. He was 162cm – 172cm (5 Ft 3 Ins – 5 Ft 7 Ins) tall but his ethnicity or appearance is unknown.
The body was wearing a green sweatshirt and a large fleece top with the words “Headworx-HDX Surfwear” on it.
5. Man, aged 50-65, Traeth Crygyll Beach, found November 9, 1985
The decomposed body was found in the sea at Traeth Crygyll Beach, Anglesey. It is believed the body had been in the water for two to three months.
The body was of a white European male of 183cm (6 Ft 0 Ins) with a large build.
He had short grey hair and three scars on his abdomen, two of which were surgical.
He was wearing burgundy shoes and trousers, a blue and white striped shirt with white collar and cuffs, and a “Gianni Versace” red tie with a blue diamond design.
Among his possessions were a brass coloured key similar to a Chubb key with “Master” written on it.
6. Male, age unknown, Llandudno, found May 8, 1983
Decomposed remains were recovered from the sea off Llandudno. It is believed the body had been been in the water approximately three to four months.
The body was wearing a maroon quilted jacket made by a manufacturer in Belgium and grey trousers with a houndstooth pattern.
7. Man, aged 55 – 60, Aberdyfi, found December 28, 1982
The decomposed body of a white European man washed ashore on the beach at Aberdyfi after being in the water for approximately three weeks. He would have been 178cm (5 Ft 10 Ins) tall with a medium build.
The body has a surgical scar on its neck. In life the person used false teeth but they were not present with the body.
A black-faced watch with standard numerals and a black leather strap was found with the body.
8. Man, aged 25 – 40, Holyhead, found May 30, 1982
The body of a white European male recovered from the sea at Holyhead. A rucksack was still attached to the man’s back.
He had short black hair.
He was wearing a blue body warmer, jeans, and brown calf-length boots.
He was in possession of Ponderosa camp trail badges.
9. Man, aged 60 plus, Ruthin, found August 21, 1981
Mystery still surrounds the discovery of a man’s body found in a shallow grave near a lay-by on the A525, opposite the Hucan Cement Works in Ruthin, almost 40 years ago.
It is believed the man, who was aged over 60, had been dead approximately six to 12 months.
He was white with greying brown hair, and was173cm (5 Ft 8 Ins) tall.
He was wearing red underpants.
10. Woman, aged 40 – 50, Llandudno, found January 2, 1980
The partial remains of a white female were recovered from the sea off Llandudno. It is thought the body was in the water for more than a year.
She was160cm – 167cm (5 Ft 2 Ins – 5 Ft 5 Ins) tall with a medium build. She had a surgical scar on her abdomen.
She was wearing light coloured trousers and red underwear with blue and yellow spots.
11. Man, aged 50-70, Conwy, found December 5, 1978
The skull of of a man was recovered from Liverpool Bay near Douglas Head. His death is believed to have occurred during the past year before the discovery.
12. Woman, aged approximately 55, Barmouth, found June 28, 1978
The body of a woman wearing swimsuit was recovered from the sea one mile off shore from Barmouth. It is believed the body had been in the water for two to three weeks.
She was a white European and was152cm – 168cm (4 Ft 11 Ins – 5 Ft 6 Ins) in height with a medium build.
She was wearing a St. Michaels lycra swimsuit, bust size 38″, which was navy blue with a white floral pattern.
13. Man, aged 45-60, Capel Curig, found September 16, 1975
The skeletal remains of a man were found near the A5 at Capel Curig. It is believed he had been dead between six and nine months.
It is thought the man was a vagrant.
The183cm (6 Ft 0 Ins) tall man had curly blond hair and a full beard. His clothing was of poor quality and he had sack wrapped around his feet.
14. Man, aged 45-60, Holyhead, found September 15, 1975
The body of a man was found at the bottom of cliffs at Holyhead. It is believed he had died four to seven days prior to the discovery.
He had receding brown hair, a moustache, and brown eyes. He was 173cm (5 Ft 8 Ins) tall with a medium build and a surgical scar on his left hip.
He was wearing a 3/4 length blue raincoat, a maroon sweater and black jeans.
He was in possession of a gold chain with a pendant containing pictures of two boys back to back in a circle. He also had a brown wallet and a plastic lighter.
Brown wallet, some British bank notes, 1 x plastic lighter
15. Man, aged 20-30, Bangor, found May 10, 1970
The body of a man was found hanging from a tree in private woodland on the outskirts of Bangor.
He was a white European, of medium build, and was 165cm – 170cm (5 Ft 4 Ins – 5 Ft 6 Ins) tall.
He was wearing a blue/green ‘Manapparel’ coat and a dark blue ‘Alexander’ make suit.
He also wore a peaked cap made by ‘Falcon Headwear’ with a zip fastener on the side.