Lewes shallow stream mystery death appeal by Sussex Police

Image of dead man Image copyright Sussex Police
Image caption The man died from bronchopneumonia

An artist's impression of an unidentified man who was found face down in a shallow stream 15 years ago has been released.

The man - believed to be aged between 50 and 65 - was found behind Haredean Hamsey allotments in Lewes, East Sussex.

A post-mortem examination found he had died of bronchopneumonia.

There were no suspicious circumstances and an inquest in 2000 recorded an open verdict.

'Peace of mind'

The UK Missing Persons Bureau and Sussex Police have appealed for information from the public.

Image copyright Sussex Police
Image caption The man had several tattoos on his arms including this one

The man, who was 5ft 7in and of thin build, had several tattoos.

A tattoo on his left forearm shows a cross and underneath it the letters MBM or MAM.

The right forearm has a tattoo of a naked woman and underneath it an orange and white symbol.

Det Insp Jon Gross said; "Even after all these years it would be good to identify him and give any relatives some peace of mind and closure.

"We do consider publicising unidentified bodies in this way, on the basis of a case-by-case assessment."

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