Mystery over dead man discovered in a field near Canterbury

Contributed by editor on Feb 22, 2017 - 03:55 PM


Detectives are renewing their appeal for help in identifying a man who was found dead in a field on the outskirts of Canterbury after investigations drew a blank.


The man’s body was discovered by a member of the public on land close to Hollow Lane, near the A2 crossover, on the morning of Friday 3 February.

Despite lengthy enquiries, officers have not yet been able to identify the man and are hoping the public can help.


Detective Inspector Tracy Anstis said: ‘Unfortunately he had no identification with him and his fingerprints were not on file.


‘As part of our enquiries we have liaised with the National Crime Agency’s Missing Persons Bureau but so far no-one matching his description has been reported missing.’

Death not suspicious

His cause of death is currently not known, however it is being treated as non-suspicious.

Tests are being run to establish whether his death was from natural causes or was linked to hypothermia.

Short white hair

The man is described as white and in his mid-50s to late-60s. He had short white hair and a short white beard. He was of a slim to skinny build and was between 5ft 5in and 5ft 6in tall.



Found with him was a small black suitcase, described as a cabin case, which contained toiletries and clothes, a book - Clinical Theology: A Theological and Psychological Basis to Clinical Pastoral Care by Frank Lake, abridged by Martin H. Yeomans - and an unregistered Oyster card.

Detective Inspector Anstis said: ‘The Oyster card suggests he may have had links to London, and one line of enquiry is that he was from the Walthamstow area.

‘One theory is that he was visiting Canterbury and may have become disorientated.’

Can you help?

Police would like to hear from anyone who has not recently heard from a relative or neighbour matching the man’s description.

‘We are keen to trace his last movements and establish if he was staying locally. Someone, somewhere, must know who this person is, and we urge them to contact us,’ Detective Inspector Anstis said.

If you can help, please phone Kent Police on 101 quoting reference number 03-0188.

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