Police asked for help last year identifying a man who had sadly been found dead in Rivington. We now have images, produced by an artist, of what the man could have looked like when he was alive, and are asking for your help.

He was found on December 7, near to Horrobin Lane in Rivington. We believe he could have been there for a short period of time before this. We believe the man was 40-50 years old, with a dark goatee-style beard, cropped dark but slightly greying hair, of medium to large build.

He was wearing a green ‘Fo’ jacket, black ‘Slazenger’ tracksuit bottoms, a white/grey ‘Soulcal & Co’ t-shirt, and green coloured wellington boots. He was also wearing a distinctive orange coloured ‘Casio’ digital watch. He had no obvious tattoos or scars.

Since then, we have conducted a number of enquires to find out who this man is, and to find his next of kin. These enquiries have included liaising with other Forces, the NCA, and Interpol, utilising appeals, local enquiries, facial recognition, fingerprints, and DNA, however unfortunately we have not been able to identify the man.

Attached are two images of the man which have been created by an artist. It shows what we believe would best represent the man when he was alive and are asking for your help to identify him. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to tell the eye colour or nationality of the man.

Whilst a post-mortem has taken place, it has not identified the cause of death, but there are thought to be no suspicious circumstances.

Det. Insp. Paul Price, of Preston CID, said: “This is an incredibly sad situation where this man has been found dead in a public place.

“Our priority is to find out who he is, identify him, to be able to notify his loved ones, and to give him a fitting farewell.

“This is where we ask you, the public, for your help. If you recognise the man, whether he be a family member, a friend, a colleague, a neighbour or even someone you haven’t seen out and about over the last few months, please get in touch.

“If you have any information, no matter how insignificant you may think it to be, that could assist our investigation, or you think you may know who the man is, we’d ask you to please get in touch with us.”

You can phone 101, or email 4073@lancashire.police.uk quoting log 0783 of December 7, 2023.

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