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Skeletal remains of an unidentified man were discovered on May 27, 2001 by a group of local kids were playing in a reserve on Meredith Crescent, St Helens Park. It is believed the unidentified man died between man died between 1980 and 1985 and was of Middle Eastern or South Asian descent.

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https://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/crime/mystery-skull-found-in-sydney-bushland-by-children-two-decades-ago-finally-given-a-face/news-story/bdbbc5d366053405beb9de70570520be

[size=16]Mystery skull found in Sydney bushland by children two decades ago finally given a face[/size]

A man whose remains were discovered by children in bushland in Sydney’s southwest almost two decades ago has finally been given a face.

NSW Police have released a digital forensic facial reconstruction in a fresh bid to identify the man, who is believed to have died in the early 1980s, hoping the images may jog a member of the public’s memory of someone from their past.

“The artist impressions give us a scientific estimation of what the man may have looked like and we believe this is our best chance to identify him and find his loved ones,” Campbelltown City crime manager Detective Chief Inspector Greg Inger said in a statement.

“We have made significant inquiries already, and while we’ve yet to find a match in our missing persons database, we know someone, somewhere, is waiting for answers. It’s also likely he may remind someone of a man they knew way back when — and if they’d lost contact in the early 1980s — that’s important information to us.”

The remains were discovered at about 10.30am on Sunday, May 27, 2001. A group of local kids were playing in a reserve on Meredith Crescent, St Helens Park, when one of the boys noticed a skull partially buried in the ground.

He took it home to show his mum, who contacted police. Local police and specialist forensic officers conducted a search and excavation of the reserve over a number of days and located almost an entire skeleton.

They also located a gold bracelet, a wrist watch, a cigar tin, a lighter, a belt buckle, a belt, men’s clothing and shoes, spent .22 calibre casings, as well as food tins and glass bottles.

The bones were subject to anthropological analysis and various forensic examinations, and despite exhaustive inquiries and comparisons to missing persons cases from across the state, detectives were not able to identify the man at the time.

A 2004 coronial inquiry found that while the man could not be identified, and the date, place, manner and cause of his death were undetermined, it’s believed he was aged between 35 and 45 and was likely buried between 1989 and 1993.

In the following years, detectives continued to conduct inquiries but weren’t able to confirm the man’s identity.

Following a 2017 review of unsolved cases and new technologies available, detectives from Campbelltown City Police Area Command renewed Strike Force Tavoy to investigate the matter.

As part of their inquiries, investigators sent bone samples to the University of Waikato’s Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory in New Zealand, which determined the man died between 1980 and 1985.

Police have been working closely with forensic experts to conduct a range of DNA tests, including phenotyping, which involves using genetic sequencing to predict a person’s physical characteristics.

Results of these advanced DNA tests suggest the man most likely had dark brown or black hair, brown eyes, and a mixed ancestry of South Asian and Middle Eastern, however experts advised ancestry may not be reflected in physical appearance.

Late last year, investigators engaged the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at the University of Dundee in Scotland to construct the digital forensic facial reconstruction.

At the time of the man’s death he was believed to be aged between 35 and 45 and described as 166-174cm tall, with a muscular build, dark brown or black hair and brown eyes.

Insp Inger added that Strike Force Tavoy was a multi-layered investigation, and determining the man’s identity would likely provide additional lines of inquiry into the circumstances surrounding his death.

“The remains were examined by a forensic pathologist, anthropologist, and archaeologist, who were unable to find any markings or injuries which could suggest or indicate a potential cause of death,” Insp Inger said.

“Unfortunately, the examination of the area where his remains were found didn’t provide evidence that would definitively conclude whether or not he died in suspicious circumstances. Once we know who he is, we can start to establish more about his life, which opens up the investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death.”

Strike Force Tavoy detectives are urging anyone who has information about the identity of the man to come forward by contacting Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

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The remains were discovered by children in a St Helens Park reserve in 2001.Source:Supplied


One of the boys noticed a partially buried skull and took it home to show his mum.Source:Supplied


A number of other items were located, including spent .22 calibre casings.Source:Supplied

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https://au.news.yahoo.com/police-appeal-mans-skeleton-sydney-reserve-224457757.html

[size=16]Skull found by children playing in park given a face in renewed push to solve mystery[/size]



The skull the boy stumbled across while playing at the reserve. Source: NSW Police

There is a new push to identify a mystery man whose skull was found at a reserve by playing children nearly two decades ago. NSW Police have released artist’s impressions of what they believe the man, whose remains were found in Sydney’s St Helens Park in 2001, looked like.

Local children were playing at the reserve on Meredith Crescent when a boy stumbled across a partially buried skull. He took it home before his mother contacted police. Police scoured the area and discovered the rest of the man’s skeleton. They also found several other items including a gold bracelet, spent .22 calibre casings and men’s clothing.

The bones were subject to anthropological analysis and various forensic examinations, and despite exhaustive inquiries and comparisons to missing persons cases from across the state, detectives were not able to identify the man at the time.

A 2004 coronial inquiry found that while the man could not be identified, the date, place, manner and cause of his death would remain undetermined. It is believed he was aged between 35 and 45, and was likely buried between 1989 and 1993.

In the following years, detectives continued to conduct inquiries but weren’t able to confirm the man’s identity.

Police picked up the case once again in 2017, sending the man’s bones to University of Waikato’s Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory in New Zealand. They determined he had died between 1980 and 1985.

Utilising advancements in DNA testing, forensic experts were able to determine the man most likely had dark brown hair, brown eyes and was of mixed ancestry, most likely of South Asian and Middle Eastern descent. The testing suggests he was about 170cm tall with a muscular build.

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   Meredith Cres
   St Helens Park NSW 2560