Identity of mystery man established following police appeal

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Identify of this man has been discovered.
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The identity of a mystery man who was unable to remember who he was or where he came from has been confirmed.

Following a national appeal by police for information about the man (pictured), who had been sleeping rough in the Cleethorpes area, a number of calls were made.

These included one from a relative late yesterday (Monday) to Humberside Police. Officers were able to make a positive identification and now know he is from the South Yorkshire area.

Officers have thanked the public for the many calls which greatly assisted in the investigation.

Monday, 3.15pm:

A search is underway to find relatives of friends of this man, who suffers from a condition associated with memory loss.

The man became known to police in North East Lincolnshire in September last year, as he was sleeping rough in the Cleethorpes area.

Since then, police and a number of agencies have been working to try to establish his identity. However, this has proved unsuccessful.

The man gave his name as David Thorpe, or a first name of Tony, and his date of birth as October 5, 1955. A search of both police and NHS systems cannot find a man with those details. He states he thought he was from the Rotherham area but was not sure and he could have connections in Blackpool.

The man has advised police that he suffers from a disorder called dissociative fugue. This is often connected to some form of traumatic experience and can cause loss of memory.

He is well spoken and has a northern accent - which could be from either the Yorkshire or Lincolnshire area. He is not a person who sits begging on the street and he is not wanted for any criminal offences.

Humberside Police’s DCI Paul Welton said: “This is very rare case in which a man has come to the area having no idea who he is and if he has any family. We have not been able to establish how he came to be in North East Lincolnshire but we are doing all we can to help him find his family and friends.

“The man is no longer sleeping rough and is being supported by the police and a number of agencies. He does not drink alcohol and does not take any form of drugs or medication. This is a genuine case of somebody who really does need the help of the public to return him home to his family and friends.

“Anyone who may think they can help this man find out who he is should call Humberside Police as a matter of urgency. We want to do all we can to help him but we can’t do that if no-one comes forward to tell us who he is.”

If you think you can help identify this man call Lincolnshire Police on the non-emergency 101 number and press the option to be transferred to Humberside Police. Then quote log number 314 of January 24, 2014.