Somerton Man is the name given to an unidentified man whose body was found in Somerton Park, South Australia, on the 1st of December 1948. He had died from being poisoned. He was found dressed in a full suit with polished shoes. All the tags and labels had been removed from his clothing.
A few months after his body was found, investigators found a piece of paper in his pocket that had the phrase “Tamám Shud” written on it. The phrase translated to “it is ended”, and is a quote from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. A phone number that led to a nurse called Jo Thompson was also found on him.
Investigators tracked down Jo, and when she was shown a death mask of the man, it has been reported that Jo almost fainted. However, Jo has said that she doesn’t know who the man is. Jo had also recently given birth to a son called Robin who shared very similar features to the Somerton Man. It has been theorised that the Somerton Man is actually Robin’s father.
A code written on a piece of paper was also found on the man. It has been reported that the code found on him was actually cracked in November 2020 on this website.
The Somerton Man is described as being a white male between the ages of 40 and 45. He weighed 176 pounds and stood at 5″11′. He had mousy-coloured hair that had streaks of red and grey, grey eyes, three small scars on his left wrist, pronounced calf muscles, a scar on his upper left arm, a scar on his left elbow and he was a smoker.
In the years immediately following his death, Somerton Man’s case was extremely popular in Australia. Many people have theorised that he may have been a spy during and just after World War 2. Others have suggested based on his clothing and personal belongings that the man came from the United States.
In May 2021, Somerton Man’s remains were exhumed by the South Australian Police after finally receiving approval from the attorney-general. It is believed that with the advancements made in DNA technology that one day the authorities will be able to identify the man. A potential granddaughter of the man is involved in the case.
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