Image of man issued 17 years after his suicide

Image of man whose body was found at Ecclesbourne Glen in Hastings in January 1997
Image of man whose body was found at Ecclesbourne Glen in Hastings in January 1997

THIS stark image of a young man has just been issued by the UK Missing Persons Bureau 17 years after a badly burned body was found at a beauty spot.

The man’s body was found by walkers at Ecclesbourne Glen in Hastings Country Park at 1.40pm on January 19, 1997.

The charred remains had most of both hands missing. Detectives ruled out murder and a verdict of suicide was recorded at an inquest. A post mortem revealed he died from burns.

Police at the time said the body had been in the undergrowth for up to four days.

The man’s identity was never established and his family never came forward. It is believed the dead man was aged between 21 and 25. He was described as white, 5”10, and of stocky build. He was wearing blue jeans, a black jumper, an Adidas hat and black Dr. Marten shoes. He also had in his possession a watch made by Hana Time, Hong Kong.

Detective inspector Jon Gross said; “We have worked with the Bureau to put this case on their website because we know that they have recently started publicising such cases on the site, and because in this case they have also been able to develop a good artist’s impression of the man.

“Even after all these years it would be good to identify him and give any relatives some peace of mind and closure.

“We will certainly consider publicising other unidentified bodies in this way, but on the basis of a case by case assessment.”

Anyone with information can contact the UK Missing Persons Bureau via or 0845 000 5481, or by contacting Sussex Police via 101 or email quoting serial 774 of 13/2.