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Somerton man exhumed to solve 70 year old mystery

Early last year Tales wrote about the mystery of Somerton man. A case where the body of a man was discovered on Somerton beach on December 1, 1948.

The corpse of the unknown man found at Somerton Park beach in 1948. Source: Wikipedia

As part of an investigation to solve the mystery of Somerton man's identity once and for all, his body has been exhumed from West Terrace Cemetery in Adelaide, over 70 years since his discovery.

"Following recovery of the remains, Forensic Science SA will attempt to recover a DNA profile from the man," Detective Superintendent Des Bray said, in an article by Microsoft News.

Forensic Science SA assistant director Anne Coxon said modern technology was light years ahead of the techniques available when the body was discovered in the late 1940s.

"Tests of this nature are often highly complex and will take time," she said.

"However, we will be using every method at our disposal to try and bring closure to this enduring mystery."

The headstone of the unknown man. Source: Wikipedia

Tales will provide more details as the story is updated.

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