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New. 22/5/21

“More than 70 years after he was found dead, sitting upright in an immaculate suit on a beach, the identity of a man who has been one of Australia’s greatest mysteries may soon be solved.

No one has established the origins of Somerton Man, named after the seaside suburb of Adelaide where he was found, who he was and how he died. Some believe he was a Cold War-era Russian spy who had details of a new postwar British fighter jet, the de Havilland Venom.”

The Venom

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/somerton-mans-body-exhumed-in-quest-to-solve-beach-death-riddle-jfp3jq3jq

New. 21/5/21

“The media showed a clean, shiny coffin emerge. Given its been underground for so long, this doesn’t make sense. Did I miss something?”

Comment on DA’s Facebook site.

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New. 20/5/21

“Despite fears that there may have been little left after more than 70 years in a coffin, police declared the delicate dig had “gone smoothly” and that his “complete remains” had been unearthed.

But as one hurdle is cleared, another now looms.

According to one of the case’s most avid followers, the forensic side of the investigation could take months.” ABC News.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-20/somerton-man-forensic-process-following-exhumation/100150868

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“Matching the teeth from the remains with the dental map taken at the autopsy will provide positive identification and put an end to ‘body swap’ theories.” Gordon Cramer, noted proponent of several ‘body swap’ theories.

“Still, it’s clear that interesting times are now upon us, particularly for those people who have been promoting nutty Somerton Man theories for so many years.” Nick Pelling, noted proponent of the theory that the Rubaiyat was part of a black-market scheme involving stolen cars and Prosper Thomson’s involvement in same.

2021
1949

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Omg So flipping exciting!!!

Comment on Derek Abbotts’ FaceBook site.

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The remains were in reasonable condition. Des Bray.

The exhumation which began around sunrise, about 5:00am, continued for about 12 hours.

“Everything has gone smoothly and we’re happy that we’ve recovered the complete remains of the Somerton Man,” Detective Superintendent Des Bray said.

“He’s now been formally delivered in our care to take to the Forensic Science centre.

“Over the coming days we’ll consult with colleagues at Forensic Science SA and make a determination as to how we proceed from a forensic perspective.” abc.net

The remains of the unidentified man have been placed inside a new coffin, which is being taken away for DNA analysis. abc.news

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-19/somerton-man-remains-exhumed-from-adelaide-grave/100150216

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Skeletal remains have been discovered after hours of digging, and police have said they have found the identification tag linking the bones to the unknown man.

A wooden spatula and small brush is currently being used to carefully remove the bones from the ground.‘  ABC News

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-19/exhumation-of-somerton-man-remains-at-west-terrace-cemetery/100147576

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It’s a sombre mood down at the west end cemetery, a mix of news photographers a small smattering of onlookers along with a few cops and an excavator. It’s headlining all the major news outlets in SA .

Tommy Keane is out of the ground finally after 70 years !!!!. 

The diggers weren’t sure if he was in a coffin or not which was part of the hold up and he was deeper than first thought.’

dude47 on the ground today, his images on the way.

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After several lines of enquiry over the years have left authorities stumped, detectives will today dig up the (Somerton) man’s body from a grave at West Terrace Cemetery with permission from SA’s Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman.SA Police Detective Superintendent Des Bray said exhuming the man’s body will allow investigators to recover a DNA profile of the man.’

Channel 9 News

Channel 9 News

https://www.9news.com.au/national/somerton-beach-mystery-cold-case-body-exhumed-as-investigation-reopens/2af36d80-d830-4dba-b59b-276cdf34d688

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. The shine on that thing is almost as good as the buff on his shoes.

    May 19, 2021
  2. Clive #

    That’s because there was no one ‘coffin’ over it.

    May 19, 2021
  3. misca #

    Gordon – I tried posting but I don’t do the “google verification” crap so I wasn’t able to publish.

    I believe Wolfgang Wagner was Hellmut’s cousin. He arrived in Australia in 1939 with his wife Charlotte Hirschberg and their two daughters. Charlotte did indeed die young (1907 – 19 Aug 1947). By 1949, Wolfgang was living with a much younger Eva Hirschberg (born 13 June 1929 Breslau, Germany) who had just arrived with her mother Alice, via South Africa. By 1968, Wolfgang is working a public servant! He’s still living with Eva and possibly their son, who is studying medicine.

    Could you guys share the naa file number that you’re working from? I would love to have a look!

    May 19, 2021

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