The racing connection is that his pockets contained a £10 win betting slip for Midnight Count in a race at Newbury. In the end, the horse did not run in its intended race, but the man did not return to the betting shop to collect the return of his stake money. He had placed the bet at 1105 on 24 February 1990 at the Clock Tower Betting Office in Brighton.
An artist’s impression of the man, drawn from forensic photographs, shows what he may have looked like when alive. He is white, around 30 years old, about 6ft, with dark brown curly hair and a thin pencil moustache. He was wearing a BHS grey hooded anorak, a BHS blue jumper, Nico pink sports t-shirt and blue denim jeans. He wore a distinctive wristwatch with a face formed from a USA twenty cent/dollar face.
Police are not investigating what led to the man’s death – the objective of Operation Nightingale is purely to identify who people are so that their families can be informed. In the case of this man, police travelled to Brighton in the hope that someone in the shop might recognise him.
Detective Constable Alison Brown said, “It’s an appeal for anyone that would recognise him from the forensic drawing, the watch he was wearing, or who used to frequent the betting shop, which is now a William Hill, in Brighton in 1990. We went to William Hill yesterday and one of the members of staff who was there in 1990 still works there. We also went to the nearby Ladbrokes, and there are posters in both in the hope that regulars who have used the shops for 20 or 30 years might recognise him.”