Welsh police struggle to identify waterfall body

Last updated 11:53 01/06/2012
Welsh waterfall watch
Dyfed-Powys Police

The watch police found on the man's body.

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A man whose body was pulled from a waterfall in Wales last month could be a New Zealander.


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Welsh police have appealed to the public to help identify the body which was found at Rhiwargor Water Falls near Lake Vyrnwy, in Mid Wales on May 23, WalesOnline reported.

They hope his distinctive watch, which has a black face bearing a silver New Zealand fern emblem, could provide a clue.

Detective Inspector Diane Davies said they were urgently trying to identify the man so that next of kin could be informed.

"We have been in contact with all other police forces throughout the country but potential identities have now been exhausted," she said.

The man, who was believed to be in his 60s, was caucasian, 1.8m tall, weighed 94kg and had gingerish coloured hair.

He had a distinctive curved scar across his stomach and at some time his gall bladder had been removed.

The man was wearing layers of clothing more suitable to cold weather conditions.

He also had a pouch containing cash in his possession, a looking glass and bicycle clips.

A police spokesman said an autopsy had been conducted and the death was not being treated as suspicious.

"It is believed that the deceased had been in the water between April 17 and May 17; anything between a week and a month before being found."

Rhiwagor Falls is an isolated spot popular with national and international tourists.

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