Man Found in Grand Union Canal in 1981 Remains Unidentified

Forty years on police release artist's impression of his likeness

Artist's impression of the unidentified man. Picture: Met Police


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The police are revisiting the case of a man found dead in the Grand Union Canal forty years ago this week.

His body was retrieved from the water near Southall in May 1981 and, to this day, he has not been identified despite extensive enquiries at the time and continued efforts since then.

His death was not thought to have been suspicious but is now part of a cold case review.

He was a white man, 5ft 11ins tall, of medium build, aged 25 to 30 years old, with thick brown hair worn short, with a slight beard. He also had crooked teeth and a small scar on his stomach.

Officers hope that this appeal may prompt someone to think about a family member or friend that they lost touch with forty years ago.

An artist's impression has been compiled based on how the man looked at the time of his death.

PC Maddie Kerketta, of the Met’s West Area Safeguarding Unit, said, “This man was a son to someone, a family member and likely a friend to others. There may be a family somewhere who have spent years wondering what happened to their loved one. If you can help us finally identify him so that his family and friends can be notified please don’t hesitate to get in touch."

If you have information you think might help identify this man please call police on 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting 81FOU000002.

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May 7, 2021

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