Renewed appeal to unravel mystery behind Heathrow plane drop man

20:28 20 December 2012

Police have released this E-fit in a bid to solve the mystery. Picture: Met Police

Police have released this E-fit in a bid to solve the mystery. Picture: Met Police


A man whose body dropped from a plane bound for Heathrow Airport earlier this year is now thought to have come from Mozambique.

Police originally believed he was Angolan but analysis of a sim card found in his jeans unearthed telephone numbers stored on it.

Calls to those numbers have now led officers to revise their theory. They have now renewed their appeals for anyone with information to contact them and have released two images, an e-fit of his face and a tattoo from his left arm.

The victim’s body was discovered on September 9 in Portman Avenue, Mortlake. He is of African origin, aged between 20 and 30 years old, 5ft 4ins tall and of slight build.

He was wearing jeans, a grey hoodie and white trainers.

He was not a member of air crew or a passenger.

Although officers believe they now know the identity of the man, they await confirmation from next of kin. They are still working on the principle that the man flew in from Angola.

An inquest has opened and adjourned at West London Coroners Court.

Anyone with information that can assist is asked to call officers on 020 8247 7202 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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