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Skull found in bushland given a human face

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The skull found in bushland in NSW, and the reconstruction of its face. Photos: NSW Police
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NSW Police have put a face to a human skull found by children in Sydney’s west almost two decades ago using new digital reconstruction technology.

The kids discovered the skull in a St Helens Park bush reserve in May 2001, with one of the boys taking it home and showing his mother.

In the days following the discovery, police excavated the site and found almost an entire skeleton, as well as with a gold bracelet, wrist watch, cigar tin, men’s clothing and spent .22 calibre casings.

It’s believed the man was aged between 35 and 45 and died between 1980 and 1985, but the manner of his death remains unclear.

A 2004 coronial inquiry could not identify the man.

Subsequent DNA testing found the man likely had dark hair, brown eyes, a short stature and a mixed ancestry from South Asia and the Middle East.

“We have made significant inquiries already and while we’ve yet to find a match in our missing persons database, we know someone, somewhere, is waiting for answers,” NSW Police Detective Chief Inspector Greg Inger said.

“It’s also likely he may remind someone of a man they knew way back when – and if they’d lost contact in the early 1980s, that’s important information to us.”