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Police force re-opens search for clues behind 'unexplained deaths' of eight people who have never been identified

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00:04 GMT, 12 December 2012

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This man was found on August 3, 1970 at Uxbridge Road Railway Bridge, Slough, several hundred yards west on the line

This man was found on August 3, 1970 at Uxbridge Road Railway Bridge, Slough, several hundred yards west on the line

Thames Valley Police today launched Operation Nightingale to find the identities of eight bodies of people who died in unexplained circumstances in the area over the last 40 years.

In a bid to identify the bodies, the police have released new sketches, along with detailed descriptions of how and where they died. The images below will also be available on the new Missing Persons Bureau website, which launched last month.

Here are the eight cases the Thames Valley force is trying to identify:

This unidentified man was found on May 30, 1973 on the B470 Langley Park Road in Iver, 40 yards north of the junction of Hollow Hill Lane

This unidentified man was found on May 30, 1973 on the B470 Langley Park Road in Iver, 40 yards north of the junction of Hollow Hill Lane

August 3 1970

The body of a man between 50 and 60 was found at Uxbridge Road railway bridge, Slough.He was described as white European with greying ginger hair.He was found by railway staff at 5.50am, after they were informed an animal had been hit by a train travelling from London Paddington to Bristol.There was widespread publicity, but nobody came forward to identify the man.A coroner recorded a verdict of death by multiple injuries.
This man who was found in a shed within the grounds of Red Lodge in Donnington, Newbury, on March 4, 1979

This man who was found in a shed within the grounds of Red Lodge in Donnington, Newbury, on March 4, 1979

May 30 1973

The body of an Arab man aged 30 to 45 was found after a collision with a heavy goods vehicle on the B470 Langley Park Road in Iver.The driver saw the man standing on the footpath. He then walked out into the road with his hands in the air. The driver tried to avoid the man, but hit him.
The cause of death was given as a fracture of the skull.

March 4 1979

The body of a man, aged approximately 60, was found in a shed on the grounds of Red Lodge, Donnington, by a group of people staying at nearby Donninghurst Christian hostel.It was possible nobody had been in the shed since the previous summer.It was believed the man may have been a 'man of the road'.

This man was found on January 26 2000, on the M40 northbound carriageway close to Junction 7

This man was found on January 26 2000, on the M40 northbound carriageway close to Junction 7

December 26 1985

A body was found in the River Thames at Bell Weir, Runnymede, thought to be a man aged between 35 and 45.He was found at around 10am on Boxing Day, and it was thought he had been in the river for several weeks.
He had several items on him, including four keys attached to a dog collar-type fob; an aluminium comb made in Hong Kong, which was slightly bent; three sets of dart flights, marked William Hill First for Prices, in cellophane bags, and a 20oz tobacco tin.

January 2 1995

The body of a man thought to be 25 to 40 was found in the River Thames at Sonning Lock.He was recovered by underwater search police but was never identified, despite having a distinctive pair of glasses manufactured in the Far East and a blue-handled Draper screwdriver.He had a noticeable gap of around 2cm between his upper incisors, and had had two separate dental treatments. Articles were later placed in dental magazines in a bid to identify him.

This unidentified man was found floating in the Jubilee River on May 1, 2004

This unidentified man was found floating in the Jubilee River on May 1, 2004

January 26 2000

The body of a man aged 17 to 30 was found on the M40 northbound carriageway near junction seven after apparently jumping or falling from a moving lorry. He was then hit by at least three vehicles.Police found a piece of paper with an address and phone number in Ilford, Essex, as well as
some writing in Arabic, believed to be from the Koran.It was believed the man was possibly from Kosovo or Albania, and may have entered the country illegally inside the lorry.Police contacted the address, but could not identify the man.

May 1 2004

A body was found in the Jubilee River in Dorney, believed to be that of a man aged 25 to 35.Police were alerted to the man floating in the river in the early evening and it was recovered by underwater search teams. The condition of the body suggested it had been in the water for several weeks.There were no identifying features on him at all.An appeal was made on Crimewatch in July 2004, producing around 45 leads, but all were eliminated.

August 22 2007

A body was found at 12.35pm in an unused shed in the country estate of Hedgerley, Bucks.It was believed to be that of a man in his late 20s and was badly decomposed, but his teeth were well preserved, leading experts to think he was a young man.It was believed he had been there for between seven months and two years.