Bookies help with 23-year-old mystery of man found dead in River Thames with Brighton betting slip (From The Argus)
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Bookies help with 23-year-old mystery of man found dead in River Thames with Brighton betting slip
12:50pm Thursday 18th July 2013 in News
Posters have been put up in bookies around Brighton as major crime detectives attempt to identify a man pulled from a river 23 years ago.
The distinctive-looking man, who sported a pencil moustache, had a betting slip for a £10 stake on a horse called Midnight Count in the 1.15pm race at Newbury, issued at what was then the Clock Tower Betting Office, in Duke Street, Brighton (now William Hill).
This had been issued at 11.05am on February 24, 1990.
Midnight Count did not run and the stake , which was returnable, was never collected.
The man’s body was found in April 1990 in the River Thames, at Windsor, and an inquest was held onMay 23, 1990.
The coroner for East Berkshire ruled the man, aged about 30, had died from drowning but could not say why and recorded an open verdict.
The man, who was wearing a wristwatch in the formof an American coin, has never been identified.
A police report at the time said he had “no marks of violence and suspicious circumstances”. He also had a Queens Award for Industry badge and keys on him.
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