Police in photo plea to identify body found in Studland

Dorset Police have made a public appeal for help identifying a man whose body was found near a tent pitched in Goathorn Woods, Studland.

Although there are no suspicious circumstances, even laboratory DNA checks have been unable to identify the deceased man.


The tent and body were found at Goathorn Woods, near Little Sea, Studland

DNA checks have revealed nothing

The body was found on Saturday 1st July 2023 and the nearby tent contained photographs which the police have now released in the hope that someone recognises them.

Police constable Stuart Wilson, of Wareham neighbourhood policing team, said:

“We have been carrying out enquiries on behalf of the Dorset coroner, including DNA checks, but so far we have not been able to work out an identity for the man.

“This is a very sad incident and we are keen to follow all lines of enquiry available to us so that the man can be identified and his family can be made aware.”


Police hope that people in the photos, or perhaps even the dog, may be recognised

Images may help to identify the deceased

PC Stuart Wilson added:

“A tent was located near to where the body was found, which contained a diary with images inside. We are now issuing the images to the public in a bid to find out if anyone recognises the people in the pictures as this may lead us to identifying the man.

“If you have any information that may assist our efforts, please get in contact with us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting number 55230102358.

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