Man who died on Erith rail tracks unidentified 11 years on

PUBLISHED: 10:10 23 August 2010 | UPDATED: 10:10 23 August 2010

This man died at Erith train station in 1998 but he remains unidentified

This man died at Erith train station in 1998 but he remains unidentified


A man struck by a train at Erith station eleven years ago is one of 20 artist’s impressions being released as part of a cold case review of unidentified fatalities on Britain’s railways.

In the first exercise of its kind, the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) and British Transport Police (BTP) have launched a review into a series of unidentified fatalities dating back 35 years.

The Erith man was struck by a train on December 15, 1998. He is white, 40 to 50 years old, approximately 5 foot 6 inches with black hair. He was wearing a blue shirt, grey trousers and black shoes and had false teeth.

He is one of twenty artist’s drawings of dead people found on or near Britain’s rail and Tube network since the mid 70s, but who remain unidentified. There were no suspicious circumstances surrounding any of the deaths, of which two were women.

Detective Chief Superintendent Miles Flood said: “All these fatalities were fully investigated at the time and all clues followed up to try to establish an identity, but without success.

“We are now taking another look to see if there is any more we can do, in some cases to see if advances in forensic techniques can help, and to appeal to the public to see if anyone recognizes them.

“Most of these cases are from the greater London area, where people can often be quite isolated and transient.

“Some of these people may have had an itinerant lifestyle, but it is likely that there are still relatives or friends who may recognize them and thought they had simply moved away.”

Anyone with any information can call BTP on 0121 634 5613 quoting the drawing reference number 13.

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