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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 April 2006, 10:03 GMT 11:03 UK
Police draft face mapping expert
Facial reconstruction of man found in the east end of Glasgow
The facial reconstruction built from a skull found in Glasgow
An expert in "face mapping" has constructed a wax image of a man from a skull found on waste ground in the east end of Glasgow three years ago.

Richard Neave, specialist in forensic facial reconstruction, was enlisted by Strathclyde Police after attempts to identify the dead man failed.

Mr Neave said: "The final work resulted in the face of an elderly man with a rather sad expression."

The man was in his 50s and living rough. His death was not suspicious.

Mr Neave said: "The skull was in remarkably good condition although the man had lost his teeth well before his death.

"The reconstruction was undertaken by recreating all the facial muscles in wax on a cast of the skull.

"Final layers were then developed over the anatomical face."

'Similar appearance'

Mr Neave has worked with police forces in England and Wales.

He worked with police after the King's Cross fire in 1987.

In the 1970s, he reconstructed three faces from Egyptian mummies.

He added: "A reconstruction will not be an accurate portrait but it should be similar in appearance to the face of the man when he was alive."

The man's skeleton was found on Sunday 30 March 2003 on waste ground near the Gallowgate.

He was aged between 50 and 60-years-old, around 5ft 6in (1.68m) and walked with a stoop.

He was dressed in a green jacket, a light coloured shirt and striped tie.

Constable Ian Gibb said: "We have carried out extensive enquiries, including DNA sampling, in an effort to identify the deceased.

"We would appeal to the public to help identify the man and to trace any relatives he may have had."


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