POLICE have launched an appeal for information – stretching as far as Cornwall and Wales – after a man was washed up with the tide at Hayling Island.
Detectives are hoping to identify the man through descriptions of his tattoos.
As reported in The News, a member of the public dialled 999 after discovering the decomposed body on the beach close to the junction of Southwood Road and Bosmere Road, Eastoke, at about 8.55am on New Year’s Day.
Police cordoned off the area while the body was recovered.
They believe he may have been in the water for up to a week and that he is probably not local.
Detective Inspector Scott Clarke, from Hampshire Constabulary, said: ‘We are very keen to establish the identity of this man and would appeal to anyone who may recognise either the description of the clothes he was wearing or his numerous tattoos to get in touch.
‘There is nothing to suggest this man is local and for this reason we are focussing right along the coast, incorporating both Hampshire and The Isle of Wight, Devon and Cornwall, Dorset, and up to Wales.
‘Detectives are treating the man’s death as unexplained at this time and a post-mortem examination has been conducted and police are now awaiting test results.’
The man is described as white, 6ft 5in tall and aged between 50 and 60 years of age.
He was of a stocky build and had crew cut receding grey hair.
He had a set of dentures in the upper right side of his mouth.
He was wearing a black shirt, ‘Easy’ jeans, Chelsea-style boots in size 44, and had a plastic Casio digital watch.
Among his tattoos were a skull and cross bones on his upper right arm and a dagger through the heart with scrolls above and below reading ‘Mum and Dad’.
He also had a tattoo of an Eagle head saying Eric, a skull with an American Indian head dress, and a tattoo saying ‘Forever Wales’ on his left arm.
Another tattoo on his left arm was a black panther, skull, horns and face.
Anyone with information about the identity of the man should call police on 101 or 0845 045 45 45 if you are calling outside Hampshire.