A BOMBSHELL breakthrough has been made in the mysterious case of ‘The Gentleman’ who was found in the North Sea with cast iron shoes.
Scientists now believe the man, who was found by police off the coast of a group of German islands in 1994, actually spent most of his life in Australia.
He got his nickname ‘The Gentleman’ after being found in a woolen tie, a long-sleeve blue dress shirt, British-made shoes and French-made trousers.
His body, found in the water off the coast of Helgoland, was weighed down cast iron cobbler’s feet.
Investigators in the 1990s believed he was 45 to 50 years old when he died and it was initially been suspected he was from Britain.
German police were left stumped on their quest to learn more about the man, but criminologists and forensic scientists from Murdoch University in Perth have now made significant developments.
By adopting the rationale of ‘you are what you eat’, scientists were able to perform an isotope ratio analysis of The Gentleman’s bones.
The differences in soil, climate and human activity around the world change the isotopic compositions of food, water and even dust in the found in the isotopic compositions of human tissue.
The data collected revealed the man likely spent most of his life in Australia, The Guardian reports.
New tests also built a DNA profile of the man, who is thought to have been 45 to 50 years old when he died.
Brendan Chapman, a director from Murdoch University’s Cold Case Review team, said it was a remarkable revelation.
He said: “What are the chances that from this small collection of universities working on this case, one would be from the country where the man originated?”
Researchers hope his DNA might reveal more about who he was and if he has any living relatives.
Details about his case were released as part of Missing Person’s Week, with authorities calling on Australians to come forward for testing to help solve some of the nation’s cold cases.