Scientists in Perth have brought to life a decades-long German mystery about the corpse of an unknown man found floating in the North Sea, using the maxim “You are what you eat” to describe him. We have discovered that may be from Australia.
In 1994, after police found a body off the German archipelago Helgoland, a man dubbed “The Gentleman” by investigators was weighed down by the legs of a cast-iron cobbler.
He earned the nickname of gentleman because of his smart clothes. Wool tie, English shoes, French trousers, long blue dress and his shirt.
The case has puzzled German police for 28 years, but it may have helped solve the mystery after criminologists and forensic scientists at Murdoch University ran new tests.
They found that the man spent most of his life in Australia. Investigators in the 1990s determined he was 50 from his 45.
The find is the final day of Australia’s National Missing Persons Week on Saturday.
The scientist followed the principle “you are what you eat” and made the discovery by conducting an isotope ratio analysis of the bones of men.
Differences in climate, soils and human activities around the world change the isotopic composition of food, water and even dust, which is reflected in the isotopic composition of human tissues.
Analysis found that the man likely spent most of his life in Australia.
Researchers at overseas universities have also recently been able to obtain a man’s DNA profile.
There is hope that it may match the DNA being collected as part of Missing Persons Week. Missing Persons Week calls on Australians to come forward for tests to solve some of the country’s backlogs.
Brendan Chapman, one of the directors of Murdoch University’s cold case review team, said it was an incredible discovery.
“From this small group of universities working on this case, what are the chances that the person is from the country of birth?” he said.
Investigators have slowly pieced together Gentleman’s past over the years.
The iron tools he weighed down had only recently been uncovered by police, his shoes were expensive, and his signature green, yellow, and blue striped tie meant he was a member of a particular organization. It may indicate that it belongs to
Australian sheds new light on German mystery
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