“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.
Is it now timely to ask this question? Which “Somerton Man” will be identified, the man on the beach on the 30th of November, the body on the beach on the 1st of December and conveyed to the cool room, the body and cast which is the source of the hair roots or the bones exhumed from the ground? No less than 4 points where doubt could be cast! Are there more?
Yeah, how about Roy? Every man wore a hat back in the 40’s and here’s Carl Webb without one so who’s to know if he borrowed his brother’s and it was lost during the night when he was carried to the beach … I mean, he didn’t mind wearing his brother in law’s old singlet and there’s plenty of hairs in a hat.