On May 19, 1996, an unidentified deceased man was found near the Clifton suspension bridge on the back of the River Avon in Bristol, England (part of the UK). It is suspected that he fell into the water from the bridge.
His age at the time of his death in 1996 is estimated to be between 22 and 38. This means he was likely born between 1958 to 1974. If he were alive today in 2021, he would have been anywhere from 47 to 63 years old.
He was Caucasian, 185 cm (6′) tall, with light brown (or dark blonde) hair and blue eyes. His build was of medium size. He was wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans, a black sweatshirt, and a checkered hat.
The items in his possession include the following:
■This photo (below) of a man whose identity is unknown (it may even be the unidentified victim). He appears to be in his 20′ in this photo, which could make him born around 1964 to 1977. Does anyone recognize this man? It is unclear if the man in this photo is the same man who passed away or if it was a photo of his friend, family member, or a stranger.
■red penny whistle ■can opener ■Bible ■map of Great Britain ■Eurohike adventure guide map ■corkscrew (black) ■Lynx body spray ■tiny paper cup ■book named “Utopia” ■Batman book ■blue umbrella ■London shopper ■black sleeping bag ■sleeping bag (black) ■Barclay’s bank giro (giro is a bank transfer method commonly used in Europe) ■3 razors ■corkscrew (black) ■green towel ■handwritten sign that read, “Sleeping rough, thank you”. 😥
This John Doe is nicknamed “Clifton Bridge John Doe” and “Sleeping Rough John Doe”.
It is likely that this John Doe was either homeless or a transient at the time of his death.
💧 For those who are not familiar the River Avon, it is a body of water in Southwest England, east of Wales. It connects with the River Severn. It also leads out to the Bristol Channel, and then to the Celtic Sea, in the North Atlantic Ocean. Here are some photos below highlighting this area.
If you have any information on this case, please contact:
NCA Missing Persons Unit
Phone number: 0800 234 6034
Case #: 03-001329
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