Homeowner reveals her shock after body of man murdered in the 1960s and buried in her garden was found by builders 14 months after she moved in
- The man was found in the garden dismembered and in a shallow 1ft grave
- Scotland Yard has now released an e-fit image and is appealing for information
A woman who bought a £1million house was left horrified after builders discovered the body of a man murdered in the 1960s 14 months after she moved in.
Workmen found the human remains after carrying out renovations on a kitchen extension in September 2017, and were shocked to dig up the body found in the homeowner’s garden in Wimbledon, London.
Scotland Yard said the man, who was found in a shallow grave just 1ft deep, had been dismembered and had significant and traumatic head injury.
The force is now appealing to anyone who might have information about the victim and have released an e-fit to help identify him.
The woman, who lives in a four-bed Victorian terrace in Cowdrey Road, said at first they thought the bones were fake and from a model skeleton.
The man, who was found in a shallow grave just 1ft deep, had been dismembered and had significant and traumatic head injury
With his body the builders discovered a shirt, a tie and trousers, which are thought to be from the 1960s or 1970s
She said she was in utter shock after they also discovered a shirt, a tie and trousers in the grave with the victim.
‘We called the police and the forensics came, it was like we were in the middle of a crime drama,’ she told the Evening Standard.
The human remains were excavated and a post-mortem came to the conclusion that the victim was bludgeoned and died from a head wound.
Scotland Yard said: ‘Radiocarbon dating indicated that the deceased likely went in the ground in the early 60’s.
‘A biological profile from a anthropologist indicated that the deceased was male and likely of Asian ancestry, likely to be in the aged range of 35-55, approximately 5’7 tall and likely to be of muscular or of a more robust stature due to marked and well developed muscle attachments on a number of bones.
‘There is a strong possibility that the deceased has some form of medical procedure to the head – likely to be trepanning (drilling a hole into the skull using a sharp instrument) or neuro surgery as there are circular defects to the skull that had healed prior to death.
‘There is no evidence of dentistry and the deceased likely had a sugar free diet for a while.
Scotland Yard is appealing to anyone who might have information about the victim and have released an e-fit to help identify him
‘Although dismembered the deceased was also smartly dressed with shirt and red silk tie, trousers, shoes and socks. The clothing was examined by an expert who indicated the clothing was indicative of the 1960s to 1970s era.’
Detective chief inspector Kate Kieran said that they tracked down all previous occupants of the property, whose DNA did not match that of the victim.
She said: ‘Someone must know who the victim is. We’d like to put a name to him… This is a 60-year-old mystery and information could help us solve it.’
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