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The mystery suicide

Sowerby Bridge station

On January 5th 2012, at around 17:34, there was an incident at Sowerby Bridge station, my local station. A man was hit by a train, and was killed.

Five months later, and British Transport Police have issued a fresh appeal for information about the accident. Because nobody knows who the man was. There’s no match for his fingerprints or DNA on any police databases – presumably, not even a partial DNA match has been found. His description does not match that of anyone who has been reported missing. And nobody has come forward to offer any information as to his identity.

In this day and age, with ubiquitous CCTV cameras, and the fingerprints and DNA of anyone convicted of a crime being held on central computer databases, you would think we would be able to use forensic data to be able to identify almost anyone. Or if someone hadn’t seen him for a while – a friend, family member, co-worker – that he would have been reported missing. Or that he would have any items on his person – credit cards, driving license, mobile phone – that could be used to identify him. It is probable that this was suicide, but without knowing who this person was and his personal circumstances, we just can’t be sure.

It’s both puzzling, and also very sad, that apparently no-one is missing this person.

If you do have any information regarding this case, please contact British Transport Police to aid them with their enquiries.

2 Comments

  1. the fingerprints and DNA of anyone convicted of a crime being held on central computer databases, you would think we would be able to use forensic data to be able to identify almost anyone. But what if you never commited a crime? :p

  2. Well true. But there were presumably no partial DNA matches either, so no-one in his immediate family would be on there either.