Extraordinary twist in Australia's most baffling death as the body of 'Somerton man' is DUG UP in a cemetery 70 YEARS after he was found dead on a beach with a mysterious coded note saying: 'It is finished' | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Extraordinary twist in Australia's most baffling death as the body of 'Somerton man' is DUG UP in a cemetery 70 YEARS after he was found dead on a beach with a mysterious coded note saying: 'It is finished'

  • Extraordinary twist in Australia's most baffling death as the body of 'Somerton man' is DUG UP in a cemetery 70 YEARS after he was found dead on a beach with a mysterious coded note saying: 'It is finished'
  • Remains called 'Somerton man' were found in 1948 on the Adelaide beach 70 years on, police still have no idea who the man was so are exhuming him
  • The corpse will now be DNA tested to try and establish a possible identity
  • His body was found slumped against the seawall by beach walkers

The remains of the so-called Somerton man are being exhumed at an Adelaide cemetery in a bid to solve the more than 70-year mystery over his death and his identity.

On December 1, 1948, the man's body was found on Somerton Beach with the circumstances of his death remaining an open police investigation.

The case is in the hands of the Major Crime Investigation Branch, with detectives to be on hand as his body was exhumed at the West Terrace Cemetery on Wednesday morning.

The Somerton man's body was first found by passers-by who noticed him slumped against a seawall.

His cause of death remains unknown and many theories have been advanced over his identity, ranging from a jilted lover to a Cold War spy.

An initial police investigation and coronial inquest left the matter unresolved with the case particularly mystifying because of a number of items found with the body.

They included a suitcase, items of clothing with the tags removed, incoherent writing believed to be a code, the poetry book The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and a torn scrap of paper with the Persian words 'Tamam Shud', meaning 'it is finished'.

'Following recovery of the remains, Forensic Science SA will attempt to recover a DNA profile from the man,' Detective Superintendent Des Bray said.

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