Police seek help identifying man found dead on seafront

Devon and Cornwall Police are seeking help from the public identifying a man who was found dead on the Sidmouth coastline earlier this week. The body of a man was found on Thursday, November 24 on rocks at The Esplanade, at around 2.20pm.

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Officers are working to establish who the man is in order to locate his next of kin. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

A number of emergency service staff, including police, HM Coastguard, RNLI and the ambulance service attended the scene on Sidmouth waterside. The man’s death is not being treated as suspicious at this time.

Devon and Cornwall Police have asked anyone who may know who the man is to get in contact, so they can inform his next of kin. He is described as white, possibly in his early 70s, of average build, with short grey hair, and approximately 5ft 10in tall.

He was wearing a short-sleeved shirt, which is white with a blue check, black trousers with a brown belt, and black socks. The man was not wearing any shoes or a jacket and had no personal belongings or jewellery with him.

Detective Inspector Andy Hingston said: “We’re keen to speak to anyone who may recognise this person from our description. We are not treating his death as suspicious at this time and are keen to identify him so that we can inform his next-of-kin.

“We would ask whether any hotels or care homes are aware of anyone who has not returned, or anyone who thinks they know who he is to contact us.”

If you have any information that could help with enquiries, please contact police via the website here or by calling 101 quoting log 443 of 24/11/22.