In 1994, German police pulled the brutalized body of ‘The Gentleman’ from the North Sea. New analysis suggests he was far from home

Written by Javed Iqbal

In July 1994, a male body was found by a police boat in the North Sea, west of the German island of Heligoland.

The body showed signs of trauma and, intriguingly, had been weighed down with cast iron cobbler’s feet, a cobbler’s tool.

It was taken to the town of Wilhelmshaven in Germany for an autopsy and later buried, but the man’s identity remained a mystery.

He became known as The Gentleman because of his apparently middle-class attire: a wool tie, British-made shoes, French-made trousers and a long-sleeved blue shirt.

Now, 28 years later, a new piece of the puzzle has been uncovered thanks to criminology and forensic scientists in Perth.

You are what you eat

Murdoch University criminologists and forensic scientists may have helped solve the mystery after they ran new tests which suggested the man spent most of his life in Australia.

In the 1990s, investigators determined he was between 45 and 50 years old.

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