BREAKING: Fisherman finds skull on the beach

An artist's impression of the skull which washed up in the English Channel SUS-160928-115918001

An artist's impression of the skull which washed up in the English Channel SUS-160928-115918001

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Police are hoping that an artist’s impression of a man’s skull found in the English Channel may help to identify it.

On September 12 2014 fishermen from Newhaven dredged up the skull while fishing off Newhaven. They brought it into Shoreham when they landed the following day and local police officers took possession of it.

Forensic examination has shown that it is the skull of a man, believed to be in the overall age range of 30-71 at the time of death, but most likely to have been aged between 40-60 years old.

Extensive enquiries have been made, including checks with the National Crime Agency’s UK Missing Persons Bureau and with the national DNA database, but no information has yet been obtained that would identify the man.

Sussex Police asked the Missing Persons Bureau for further help and they engaged forensic artist Anneli Pilsbury who has produced this impression based on an assessment of how the man would have appeared.

The case is regarded as unexplained but not suspicious. The area in which it was found is a recognised lawful sea burial area so we think the skull could have come from a burial at sea. It is hoped that some family members may feel this comes from a loved one buried there, or perhaps from a missing person they have previously reported.

Contact UK Missing Persons Bureau at missingpersonsbureau@nca.x.gsi.gov.uk, or call 0845 000 5481 or Sussex Police via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting Sussex serial 1261 of 12/09.

This will enable work can be done with them to confirm the identity (or otherwise) and then if confirmed allow them to arrange a proper family disposal and tribute as they see fit.