The Somerton Man Case .. an uncommon timeline.
Body found on December 1.
Autopsy completed by December 2.
Fingerprinting and photographing the corpse completed on December 3.
Copies of the official reports containing photographs and including a set of the deceased’s fingerprints posted to all English-speaking countries on December 21.
Official documentation including photographs and finger prints forwarded to all police departments in Australia on January 3.
Laurie Elliott commenced embalming the body on January 10.
Suitcase found on January 14.
Given that at the outset the Somerton Man Case appeared to be nothing more than the unexplained death of an unknown man found on a beach near the small coastal town of Glenelg in South Australia, why would the police have considered it necessary to send the official documentation, including his photographs and fingerprints to all English-speaking countries almost two weeks before sending the same documentation to all the police departments in Australia?
Surely there was a compelling argument for alerting the Australian police before making international enquiries, but seeing as this was not the case, what reason could have been put forward to do the opposite?
The FBI was included in the December 21 mailing list and their negative reply, signed by J.Edgar Hoover was received back on January 17th. As far as the other English-speaking nations are concerned we have no idea when they responded, if at all.