Appeal to identify man found dead in Oldham

Police are urging people to check in with their loved ones this Christmas, as they try to identify a man who was found dead near a reservoir in Oldham

Officers have issued new moving CCTV footage of the as-yet unidentified man, which shows him arriving at Manchester Piccadilly train station on 11 December.

On Saturday 12 December 2015, the body of the man was found on the Chew track leading from Dovestones Resevoir boating lake to Indians Head.

He is described as being white, of slim build, had a receding hairline with grey hair to the side and back, had a large nose which may have been previously broken and was clean shaven.

The man wore a brown heavy jacket, blue jumper, white long sleeve shirt, blue corduroy trousers and black slip on shoes.

There were no apparent injuries or marks on the body and at this moment in time, police do not believe the death is suspicious.

Appeal to identify man found dead in Oldham

When the man’s body was searched, the man had money and three train tickets. One was from Ealing train station to Euston which was bought at 9.04am from the ticket office on Friday 11 December 2015 and the other tickets were return from Euston to Piccadilly, bought at 9.50am the same day.

Detective Inspector Ian Harratt said: “We have previously released images from Ealing Tube station and now we are issuing moving CCTV footage from Manchester Piccadilly train station in a bid to try and identify this man.

“We do not know if this man is local or if he was visiting the area, but we are hoping that at this festive time of year, when families come together, that someone will realise this man is missing and contact police.

“Although we have had several phone calls from people with possible identifications for the deceased man from missing people around the country, which we are very grateful for, we have been able to rule these out as they are not the same person.

“The area where the man was found is extremely remote and is used by walkers, engineers and rangers for the park.

“What we know is he was last seen at around 4.30pm on Friday 11 December 2015 on the track near to where he was found and would appeal to anyone with information to contact us.

“We are doing all we can to find out who he is so we can tell his family and ensure he is laid to rest.”

Anyone who recognises this man or with information should phone police on 0161 856 8972 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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