Police appeal for information to identify ‘mystery’ deceased man

Police are appealing for public information to help positively identify a man who was found deceased in Manly last year.

The man, believed to be about 46 years old, was known as Paul Lachlan, and lived in West Esplanade, Manly.

On Thursday 20 November 2014, the man was discovered deceased in his home on West Esplanade.


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The death is not believed to be suspicious.

Despite extensive inquiries, police have not been able to positively identify the man. He was not in possession of any identification or identifying documentation and police have not been able to locate any family who can confirm his identity.

Police have not located any bank accounts or communication services in his name. It appears the man took significant effort to not have his name recorded by government departments, agencies or businesses.

Police believe the man entered Australia from the United Kingdom, possibly Manchester, sometime in the 1990s; however there is no further information on his movements available.

Due to police being unable to be conclusively established his identity throughout the investigation, officers are unable to confirm his name is Paul Lachlan.

Police are seeking to identify the man so next of kin can be identified and funeral arrangements can be made.

The Coroner’s inquest has been adjourned until 16 February 2016 in the hope some information comes from the public which will help identify the man.

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The Facebook page Humans of Newtown had a post recently about a woman who was looking for her brother last seen when he left Manchester airport in 1990. Might be worth a look.