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Fresh appeal to identify man's body found in water at Belfast beauty spot

by chris mccullough

Police have made a fresh appeal for the public's help, to identify a man pulled from the water at a South Belfast beauty spot.

The body was found in the River Lagan close to Shaw's Bridge at around midday on Friday. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

The PSNI said the body was in the water for anything from one to two days before being spotted.

Speaking at the scene yesterday, PSNI Superintendent Melanie Jones said the police need the public's help in identifying the man.

Superintendent Jones said: "The body was found in the water at around 12 noon on Friday by a member of the public. The body was in the water between 24 and 48 hours before it was found.

"There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death but we cannot find out who he is and we need the public's help in identifying him.

"What we do know is that he was in his late 50s, is 5'8" in height, clean-shaven with short brown hair that is greying at the sides. He was wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans, and size 10 navy trainers. He also was wearing a black belt with a silver buckle.

"He has no tattoos but there appears to be an appendix scar on his body. He had two compression bandages on his left upper arm. The man had a 40 inch waist and was of stocky build."

Police have asked people to think about family members, friends and neighbours that they may not have heard from or seen, who may fit the description, and to check in with them. Superintendent Jones added: "We think this gentleman is from the local area and may have walked to Shaw's Bridge, or he could have taken a bus. We did not find any car nearby.

"The only property he had on him was a Mortice house key in his pocket. This man is not known to the police and is not on the database. We are appealing to the public again in a bid to try and identify this man so he can be put to rest with dignity.

"A post-mortem is due to be carried out but the death is not being treated as suspicious at this time. We really have no idea at this stage who he is and no one has come forward to say he is missing."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference number 522 of 14/7/17.

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