A ‘Beauty and the Beast mirror’ could help solve the mystery identity of a man found dead on a remote salt marsh.
The body of the man was found on New Year’s Eve last year near the coast in south Lincolnshire.
He has yet to be identified but among the remains was a two-inch compact mirror which had a picture of Belle from the Disney film Beauty and the Beast.
Lincolnshire Police hope the clue will help identify who the man was.
The salt marsh is used by the RAF to drop bombs and fire missiles.
Following the discovery on the live firing range, detectives also found he had a plastic gold school sports day winners medal.
So far police have not said how they think he died or whether foul play is suspected and his body was dumped where it was found.
Another possibility is that his body was washed up and drifted on to the marsh along one of the series of channels, or he wandered on to the range and died – accidentally or by suicide.
There has been no suggestion he was killed by a bomb or a missile.
Police released the fresh clues today after a four-month check through missing people’s records drew a blank.
The man, believed to be between 20 and 40 years old, was found at a salt marsh in the tidal area of RAF Holbeach on December 31.
Police say they think following a post mortem that he had died 15 days earlier.
His ethnicity is unknown, and he’s thought to be between 170 and 180cm tall and of a medium build.
His hair was dark brown, straight and of a shoulder length, but his eye colour is not known.
His body was found with a range of clothing – he had a pair of black Goodyear work boots called ‘Snap on’, which were a size 10.
Police also found an Alice band, a black sock and a black ‘High Point’ size 14 gilet.
Opened in 1926 and covering almost 10,000 acres, much of it mudflats and salt marshes, RAF Holbeach is a ‘danger keep out’ zone because of the live practice firing and testing of guns and missiles.
The range provides facilities for RAF and NATO-allied aircraft to practise dropping bombs and firing their weapons, including night bombing and helicopter operations.