Appeal to identify body found in Purbeck woods four months ago

A BODY found in woods in Purbeck has not been identified – more than four months after it was discovered.

The unidentified body, of a man, was found on Saturday, July 1, in Goathorn woods, Studland.

Now, officers carrying out enquiries on behalf of HM Coroner for Dorset are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Dorset Police said there is nothing to indicate the death is suspicious, but the identity of the body has not yet been established.

PC Stuart Wilson, of Wareham Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We have been carrying out enquiries on behalf of the coroner, including DNA checks, but so far we have not been able to work out an identity for the man.

“This is a very sad incident and we are keen to follow all lines of enquiry available to us so that the man can be identified and his family can be made aware.

“A tent was located near to where the body was found, which contained a diary with images inside. We are now issuing the images to the public in a bid to find out if anyone recognises the people in the pictures as this may lead us to identifying the man.

“If you have any information that may assist our efforts, please get in contact with us.”

Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police via or by calling 101, quoting incident number 55230102358.

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