Cold case detectives have used DNA to recreate the face of an unidentified murder victim in North Wales

COLD case detectives have used a skull and DNA to recreate an image of a unidentified murder victim.

The man’s corpse was dumped in a remote wood in Conwy, North Wales, sometime between 2004 and 2010.

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Police hope the e-fit will help to identify the victim[/caption]

It remained there until 2015, when a rally car race went through the area and a fan stumbled on the skull. DNA suggests he was in his 60s and may have struggled to move because of arthritis and a bad back.

Cops, still clueless about who the man’s identity, hope the e-fit pic might finally help solve the riddle of who he was and why he was murdered.

Detectives found fabric from a jumper sold between 2000 and 2004 and a label for Marks & Spencer underwear from 1999 to 2000 near the site.

Det Supt Davies added: “We are prioritising the period between 2004-2010. I stress, however, that this is our priority period and we are not ruling out that the victim was left at the location prior to 2004.

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Detectives used DNA and a skull to construct the image[/caption]

“Based on all the evidence collected we have a really effective means of eliminating names put forward in this case and would therefore encourage anyone who thinks they know the true identity of this man to come forward.”

Detective Sergeant Laura Griffiths said that a post mortem examination, DNA analysis and radio carbon dating were able to give more details on the victim.

She said: “An estimated age can be given to the bones. We can say that this man was at least 54 years of age when he died but likely to have been over 60.

“We know that he was about 5′ 10” and that he was probably a well-built man.

“It also identified older fractures to the body as well as medical conditions.

“This man had sustained a fracture to his nose at some stage in his life. He suffered from Osteoarthritis and had fusion in his vertebra.

“Both these conditions would likely have caused him pain in his affected joints and reduced movement during life.”


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