NSW Police hope recreation of unknown man's face can solve 35-year mystery

NSW Police hope recreation of unknown man’s face can solve 35-year mystery

NSW Police hope facial reconstruction technology will help identify an unknown man found dead in Sydney’s south-west 35 years ago.

The digitally-constructed image of the unknown man has been released as part of Missing Persons Week 2022.

Detective Chief Inspector Glen Browne manages the state’s Missing Persons Register and said it was the first time the unit has used forensic facial reconstruction tools to try and identify a deceased person.

“These types of images are produced only when all other means of identification have failed,” he said.

“Yet it’s margin of error for much of the face is relatively small and the end result is quite lifelike.”

The man’s body was found on the railway line at Guildford on March 31, 1987, about 200 meters south of the Hawkesbury Street overpass.

Investigations at the time determined the man’s death was not suspicious but he has never been identified.

Detective Chief Inspector Browne said he hoped the reconstructed image would generate new leads in the case.

“Unfortunately, the man sustained serious facial injuries when he died,” he said.