A NATIONAL appeal has been launched to find information about a man found dead in the River Avon at Evesham.

Police officers found the man, who had been caught up in a boat mooring near Weir Meadow Caravan Park in Castle Street, last Wednesday morning.

He may have been in the water for a number of days.

Officers have been unable to identify the man, who is aged between 45 and 55, and have released images of the clothing he was wearing.

These include a pair of well-used Caterpillar boots, a studded leather belt, tweed-like coat worn under a dark blue body warmer, a thick-knit jumper with a zipped collar and a blue and red-checked shirt.

He was also wearing dark blue jeans, while found in a pocket of his were a pair of metal-rimmed glasses in a hard, blue case from Boots.

“Usually in such tragic cases, we can quickly identify the person and inform their next of kin, so it is unfortunate that with this man we have so little to go on," said Detective Sergeant Chris Percival.

“We have released our appeal locally because it was more likely the man was from Worcestershire or Warwickshire, but this was without success, so we spreading our appeal nationally and sending his details to police forces across the country.

“I hope someone somewhere will recognise the description and the clothes he was wearing, and contact West Mercia Police straightway.”
DS Percival can be contacted at Worcester CID via the non-emergency police number 101.