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Do you know this man? GARDAI PUT FACE ON SKULL FOUND IN SEA.

Byline: By JIMMY CUNNINGHAM

THIS is the face of a man whose skull was found in a fishing cage off the Irish coast a year ago.

Horrified trawlermen made the discovery off Lambay Island in February last year.

Gardai have now used the latest forensic science techniques to try to identify the stranger by reconstructing how he would have looked in life.

It is the first time the method - which features heavily in hit US crime show CSI - has been used in Ireland.

The man's face was recreated by experts at the University of Dundee and a DNA sample was taken from the skull by Canadian scientists.

The same technique was used to identify victims after the 9/11 attacks and King's Cross fire.

Now gardai and Interpol have unveiled the face of the man known simply as "Lambay Man".

Detective Sergeant Pat Marry, who helped convict wife killer Joe O'Reilly, is leading the investigation.

He said: "The skull was examined by the state pathologist and a forensic dentist as the teeth were still in place.

"It was found the skull was of a male, Caucasian, between 25 and 40, and, critically, was in the water for 12 to 18 months."

Gardai do not know whether the man was murdered and dumped at sea or was a suicide victim.

Officers are anxious to track down his relatives to find out where he was from and give him a decent burial.

Det Sgt Marry said tests had discovered that the man had a lot of coarse fibre in his diet and had suffered from anaemia in his youth.

He added: "We just want to find out who this man is. There is a family somewhere out there who are waiting for news on their loved one and we want this man identified.

"The fact the man was discovered off Fingal means that we want local people to come forward if they recognise him."

news@irishmirror.ie

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