/ 20 May 2021

Getting to the bottom of an Adelaide murder mystery

The story of the Somerton Man has baffled people for more than 70 years, but researchers are hoping new technology will determine his identity and cause of death. Found on Adelaide’s Somerton Beach in 1948 along with some mysterious clues (including a scrap of paper with the Persian words “Tamam Shud”, meaning “it is finished”), amateurs and experts alike have attempted to crack the cold case. His body was exhumed yesterday due to improvements in forensic technology and “intense public interest”. It remains to be seen whether researchers will be able to extract DNA from his bones. “Tests of this nature are often highly complex and will take time. However, we will be using every method at our disposal to try and bring closure to this enduring mystery,” Forensic Science SA’s Anne Coxon said.

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