Mystery of Biggleswade's 'tattooed man' still unsolved after 20 years

PUBLISHED: 17:43 14 February 2017 | UPDATED: 18:11 14 February 2017

The identity of the man in his 50s has never been revealed but he was known to be well spoken and reserved. he is pictured here in police reconstructions.

The identity of the man in his 50s has never been revealed but he was known to be well spoken and reserved. he is pictured here in police reconstructions.

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The identity of a mystery tattooed man who died in Biggleswade almost exactly 20 years ago remains a mystery police are still keen to solve.

The man had a distinctive tattoo on his armThe man had a distinctive tattoo on his arm

The man in his 50s was found dead in a makeshift shelter in Biggleswade in February 1997. Police investigated his death but were never able to identify him, and no-one ever came forward to report him missing.

A post mortem revealed he had died from natural causes.

The man was regularly seen around Biggleswade, but no-one ever knew his true identity.

He became known locally as ‘the tattoo man’ due to his very distinctive tattoo which features a woman’s head and a heart - and part of a name that appears to start with a capital letter.

The name is four or five letters long and the last letter is a ‘Y’.

The man’s body was found by a group of boys playing truant from school.

He had been described to police as being ‘well-spoken, well-educated and reserved’.

A local farmer recalled a rumour the man who people around town called ‘Old Ragbones’ used to work in London.

Michael Flavin, of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit Investigation Review Team, said: “It’s been 20 years since the body of a man was found in the Biggleswade area and sadly he has never been identified.

“Although the death of this man was not suspicious, we still very much want to identify him. He may well have family members somewhere who still wonder what happened to him. Despite two decades having passed, no investigation is ever completely closed, and I would encourage anyone who believes they may have known who this man was to get in touch.”

If you can have any information which may be useful to the police, call the MCU on non-emergency number 101 quoting Operation Hermes.

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