New images released over baffling body-in-a-bag death

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Police are hoping a 3D virtual sculpture and digital facial reconstruction will help identify a man whose remains were found almost a decade ago on the banks of the Tweed River.

The body was found decomposed in a cotton bag on the NSW North Coast almost a decade ago at Tumbulgum, about 10km east of Murwillumbah on November 24, 2012.

 The post-mortem was unable to determine the cause of death.

The Tweed/Byron Police District are renewing a nationwide appeal to help identify a man whose decomposed body was found almost a decade ago. Source: NSW Police/ AAP
The Tweed/Byron Police District are renewing a nationwide appeal to help identify a man whose decomposed body was found almost a decade ago. Source: NSW Police/ AAP

Investigators release new image of missing man

Detectives were not able to identify the body at the time, but found the remains belonged to a Caucasian man aged between 50 to 70, around 163cm tall, with a thin build, grey hair tied in a ponytail with a blue band and dentures,

An inquest into his death failed to determine when or where or how he died.

In early 2020, investigators worked with a forensic artist from the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at the University of Dundee in Scotland to construct a 3D virtual sculpture and digital forensic facial reconstruction

Investigators have released the reconstructions showing what the man may have looked like, hoping someone may recognise the man.

"This kind of technology allows us to apply all the scientific and DNA analysis, which we have obtained so far, and piece together the most accurate depiction of this man's appearance," Detective Chief Inspector Brendon Cullen said on Wednesday.

"We have no doubt there are friends and family members somewhere around Australia who have a relative or loved one who just vanished - perhaps they weren't listed as a missing person at the time. Maybe they are someone who you lost contact with in the early 2010s.

"Any piece of information which could help us find out who he is will help us establish his links, his history, his associates, and ultimately determine the circumstances surrounding his death."

with AAP

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Tweed Heads Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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