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Caithness News Bulletins March 2003
|UPDATE ON BODY FOUND WEST MURKLE -
OMAR JOHN MATTAN 12 April 03
Police enquiries into the death of OMAR JOHN MATTAN whose body was found at West Murkle, Caithness on 9 March 2003 have today made a further appeal. Mr Mattan's body was found on 9 March however he had not been seen since a last sighting in Cardiff, South Wales on 26 February when he visited a friend in
Cardiff. At that time he was wearing black lace up shoes, navy track suit bottoms with white stripes on the side of the legs, white t-shirt, navy sweater, black jacket with buttons up the front. It is not known how he
travelled north and no vehicle was found in the area. No personal property was found in his possession and no personal effects were found near his body. A 35cl bottle of Glen Rossie Whisky, which is a relatively inexpensive brand, was located to near where he was washed ashore. A pale blue blanket was also found in the area which is currently being forensically examined.
Mr Mattan was
identified through DNA and his brother has been in contact with police in
the Northern Constabulary area in an effort to trace his last known
movements. Police are appealing for bed and breakfast and hotel
owners throughout Scotland, in particular the north of Scotland, to come
forward if they believe Mr Mattan stayed at their establishment. In
addition they are appealing to lorry driuvers who may have picked up
someone matching his description. He may also have visited licensed
premises in the areas where he stopped and police are asking people to
contact them if they believe Mr Mattan may have been in their
It has been established that the man had -
He is described as 58 in height, black short hair, clean shaven, slim build, approx 72kg in weight, tanned/sallow complexion/possibly olive skinned. His age has been estimated as 38 42 years. He has no operation scars, tattoos or distinguishing marks and no personal items were found on the body.
It is understood that Mr Mattan's father, MOHAMMED HUSSAIN MATTAN, believed to be originally from Somalia, was the last man to be hanged in Cardiff Prison in 1952 and his family successfully appealed against this and won their case in 1998.
Anyone with information on Mr Mattan is asked to
contact the police on 01463 715555. A photograph of Mr Mattan is
available - please email your address to
email@example.com and a
pic will be sent to you.
FOUND BODY NEAR TO WEST MURKLE, CAITHNESS COAST
9 March 03
APPEAL FROM POLICE FOR INFORMATION
Police have today made a further appeal for information from the public in relation to the body of the man found at West Murkle on the Caithness Coast on Sunday. Similar clothing to that worn by the man was put on display at Police Headquarters this afternoon. The mans original clothing consisted of items from various outfitters including:-
* Trousers with COPPERSTONE label size 32 regular with turn-ups and belt
* Black CLARKS slip on shoes, UK size 7
* Blue boxer shorts blue cotton small size no makers label thereon.
* Two pairs of dark coloured well worn socks
* Dark roll neck ribbed sweater in acrylic with the brand name RICHARD CHANG
menswear, medium size
* Black T-shirt ORIGINALS label in small size
It has been established that the man had -
He is described as 5ft 8 in height, black short
hair, clean shaven, slim build, approx 72kg in weight, tanned/sallow
complexion/possibly olive skinned. His age has been estimated as 38 42
years. He has no operation scars, tattoos or distinguishing marks and no
personal items were found on the body.
They are also in the process of circulating the mans details through National Missing Persons Helpline and National Missing Persons Bureau as well as through Interpol and UK Police Forces.
All shipping movement within the Pentland Firth going back over the previous week including the movement of shellfish from Scrabster to foreign parts by lorry has been monitored and local enquiries with B & B establishments, hotels restaurants and other agencies is taking place.
Port authorities at Scrabster have been contacted and shoreline searches looking for any items of property that have been washed ashore and any vehicles that may have been left have also taken place.
Police are appealing for anyone who may recognise the description of the man, the clothing or who may have information on this person to contact them at any police office.
Site where body was found
Photo John Baikie www.johnbaikie.co.uk
10 March 03