“The identification of the Somerton Man will ultimately be determined by the coroner.”
May 19 2021
The body of the Somerton Man is exhumed.
July 22 2022
“South Australia Police are still actively investigating the ‘Somerton man’ coronial matter,” a police spokesperson said. “We are heartened of the recent development in that case, and are cautiously optimistic that this may provide a breakthrough. We look forward to the outcome of further DNA work to confirm the identification which will ultimately be determined by the coroner.” The National Tribune.
August 8 2022
Researchers identify the Somerton Man as Carl Webb.
“In all this soup of DNA cousins, we were able to connect one of them to Carl’s father and one of them to Carl’s mother,” Colleen Fitzpatrick tells the Times. “You really kind of narrow it down so much it could be any one of Carl’s siblings – but Carl is the one with no documented death.”
21 November 2022 “My concern is that we may never be able to categorically say that we know this person’s identity.” DR Xanthe Mallett, Forensic Scientist at the University of Newcastle on The Australian Story – My Name Is Charles.
The identification will ultimately be determined by the coroner.
It could be any one of Carl’s siblings.
Carl is the one with no documented death.
We may never be able to categorically say that we know the Somerton Man’s identity.