Missing People, a leading UK charity for missing and unidentified people, has today made a renewed appeal for information regarding the body of a man found in a Chorley village six years ago.

The charity, which works with the police, coroners, hospitals and social services to resolve cases of unidentified people (alive or dead), is calling on the public to help identify the man whose remains were discovered in a pond near Charnock Richard, Chorley, on 26 July 2002.

It is thought that the man may have been there up to a year before he was found.

He is described as between 20 and 30 years old, approximately 5ft 7in tall and probably of Asian ethnicity.

He had a deformity to his legs that was probably a result of a childhood disease, and would have resulted in him walking in an unusual way, maybe with a limp or leaning to one side.

Although little else is known of the man, forensic experts have carried out tests and believe that he may be from the West Midlands area, possibly Wolverhampton or north Birmingham.

Facial reconstruction images were produced to show how the man may have looked when he was alive, but to no avail.

Missing People has also checked their missing person’s records for clues as to a possible identity, but as yet no conclusive match has been made.

Teri Blythe, Head of Missing People’s Identification department, says: “In most cases an unidentified person is also a missing person, so it is likely that this man will have family and friends out there who do not know his fate.

“It has been a long time since this man was discovered but we are still hopeful that this appeal will bring some vital clues so that we may finally identify his body and put an end his family’s distress.”

If you have any information, please call the confidential 24 hour charity Missing People on Freefone 0500 700 700 or email identification@missingpeople.org.uk for details.

For more information on Missing People, or to make a donation, visit www.missingpeople.org.uk for information.