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Tuesday, 29 October, 2002, 12:58 GMT
Face reconstructed from garden skeleton
Mountain Ash, near Aberdare
The remains were found in a garden last September
The face of a man with protruding front teeth, who is thought to have died more than 25 years ago, has been reconstructed and revealed to the public.

The life size clay model was built from remains found buried in the garden of a house at Mountain Ash, near Aberdare in south Wales.

Reconstructed face
It is hoped relatives will recognise the man
Scientists and artists have used the latest techniques to make the likeness in the hope that someone will recognise the man.

The bones were found in September last year by a resident who was digging up land on the mountainside behind his garden.

Police believe the remains belong to a man aged between 30 and 40-years-old.

He was born between 1930 and 1936 and was less than 5ft 6in tall with prominent front teeth.


We want people to have a good look at the face and then cast their mind back to the 60s and 70s

Chief Inspector Graham Anthony, South Wales Police

Chief Inspector Graham Anthony said: "We want people to have a good look at the face and then cast their mind back to the 60s and 70s.

"Once we have the man's name we can find out more about his lifestyle and how he came by his death.

"Close friends and relatives should be able to identify the person from the reconstructed head."

"He could be from another part of the country - we want people from all over Britain to take a good look at this face."

Experts believe the man, who died between 1960 and 1976, had a gap between his teeth which would have shown when he smiled.

Missing persons records have so far provided no clues as to the man's identity.

A further excavation by archaeologists is due to take place on the estate at Mountain Ash to find more clues.

Mike Davies
Mr Davies found the bones while digging his garden

At this stage police have said there is no indication of the cause of his death

The body had lain undiscovered until builders started work on the estate.

Detectives believe the remains were broken up when diggers arrived to level the site.

The first of the bones were found by Mike Davies five weeks after he moved in to his house on the estate.

Mr Davies, 29, discovered an arm bone and two leg bones.

Police later found more bones - including skull parts.

The skull fragments included two eye sockets, the nose and the upper jaw.

The technology to reconstruct the face was used more than a decade ago after a girl's body was found rolled up in a carpet and buried in the garden of a house in Cardiff city centre.

A model was made of the girl's face and it was shown on BBC's Crimewatch UK.

A social worker came forward to say it was teenager Karen Price who had vanished from a children's home in the 80s.

A man is now serving life after a jury at Cardiff Crown Court found him guilty of her murder at a sex party.


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