Push to identify Brit dubbed the ‘Gentleman’ found off coast of Germany 28 years ago


The mystery man, thought to be British and aged between 45 and 50, was wearing distinctive size 11 handmade luxury English shoes and a woolen tie. He was washed up off Heligoland

An artist reconstruction of the mystery man

British experts have appealed for help identifying a 6ft 5in suspected murder victim dubbed “The Gentleman” who was found off the German coast 28 years ago.

The mystery man, thought to be British and aged between 45 and 50, was wearing distinctive size 11 handmade luxury English shoes and a woolen tie.

He was washed up off Heligoland, a small archipelago on the north-west coast of Germany, on July 11, 1994.

The man had died up to seven months earlier, had injuries to his head and upper body and had been weighed down by his suspected killer or killers.

Forensic psychologists from Goldsmiths, University of London, the University of Staffordshire and Plymouth Marjon University have been drafted in to try and identify him.

He was wearing handmade luxury English shoes
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He also had a woolen tie
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Fiona Gabbert, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Forensic Psychology Unit at Goldsmiths, said: “We believe that the man is likely to have gone missing somewhere between the end of 1993 and the first six months of 1994 so we’re calling on the public to think back to that time.

“Our research shows that activating memories from a particular period can help individuals remember more information from that particular time so we’re asking you to read through a list of news and events that happened in 1993/1994.

“Take a while to think where you were and who you knew at this time. Do you think you might know the man we are seeking to identify?”

Top stories at the time included the death of Pablo Escobar, the IRA Heathrow bombings, the death of Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain, OJ Simpson’s arrest and the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as President of South Africa.

The man was slim, weighing around 11 to 12 stone. His hair color and length and eye color are all unknown.

He was from an English-speaking area so may have been British or had links to Britain.

His black or navy leather loafers were made by upmarket shoemakers Church &
Co Limited.

They had been re-soled with Philipps soles and had replacement heels manufactured by Dinky Heel PLC, Bristol, with the inscription ITS Jubilee and a stylized crown.

He was wearing a 100% wool tie which was dark blue with grey, brown, orange and green diagonal stripes.

The tie’s label included instructions in English and French to dry clean only.

His navy trousers were made in France and he was wearing a long-sleeved, light blue shirt with a collar.

His body may have been thrown off a ship off Heligoland or entered from Heligoland and moved out to sea.

The German authorities are being supported in the UK by charity Locate International.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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