DETECTIVES investigating a mystery body found more than four years ago have launched a fresh appeal for information.
The body of a man was discovered on waste ground between Westwood Cemetery and Westwood Way, Wigan, on January 15, 2013.
He had no form of identification on him and his fingerprints and DNA checks produced no results from any database in the UK.
All he had in his possession was a bus ticket in his pocket, dated January 14, 2013, timed 6.38am, from Leigh to Wigan.
Police were satisfied there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.
No-one fitting the description of the man was ever reported missing and his identity remains unknown, despite his description being circulated nationally and internationally via the UK Missing Persons Bureau.
In February 2013, police issued an image of the man in a bid for more information, but that also failed to prompt any definitive information from the public.
The man was described as white, around 5ft 8ft-tall, with an olive-skinned complexion and short cut brown hair.
From his appearance, it may be that he was not a British national but possibly of Eastern European or Middle Eastern origin.
When discovered, he was wearing blue Nike tracksuit bottoms, a blue padded gillet, a McKenzie hooded blue top with grey cuffs, a light blue Fred Perry T-shirt and blue Adidas trainers.
Detective Sergeant Graham Clare, of GMP’s Wigan Borough, said: “Unfortunately, our extensive enquiries so far have not provided the results we hoped for and more than four years later this remains a mystery.
“However, I still find it hard to believe that no one has any knowledge which could help us establish his identity and we remain hopeful that someone has the answers.
“Advances in social media technology and user numbers since 2013 mean that sharing appeals online is becoming an increasingly effective means of spreading a message.
“So I am urging anyone who sees this to please take a moment to read it and, if possible, share it for others to see.
“Despite the time that’s passed, it remains our priority to trace his next of kin and inform them of his death.”
Anyone who can help identify the man is asked to call police on 0161 856 7962, or Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555111.