NORTH Wales Police have revealed two new clues in their pursuit to name the body discovered in Clocaenog Forest last year.

DNA evidence had already identified that the remains are of a male who would have been aged over 54 at the time of death.

Now, police say that the man is likely to have been wearing a green Pringle jumper and have also revealed that he’d had extensive dental work done.

Police are making another appeal to the public in the hope that the latest discoveries will help them identify the body.

In an interview for last Monday’s S4C programme ‘Y Ditectif’, the dental expert tasked with analysing the teeth found in the forest reveals that specialist dental work was done on the crown between 1980 and 2000.

Dr John Rosie, a forensic dentist from the Wirral, said the highly distinctive nature of the work could lead to identification,

“He’d not been dentally aware in his earlier life and he’d lost all of his twelve posterior molars and one upper premolar so he went to great lengths to have some extensive dental treatment done of very high quality,” said Dr Rosie.

North Wales Police have appealed to dentists all over the UK in the hope a dentist recognises their own dental work and is subsequently able to identify the man.

The police were alerted to the body at Clocaenog Forest during a Wales Rally GB stage near Llyn Brenig last November. One of the spectators had been looking for firewood when he discovered a human skull.

The forensic search and examination of the forest took five weeks for Crime Scene Investigators. Forensic anthropologists and biologists took samples and evidence from the undergrowth to try to date the remains.

Tests on the skeleton and skull have produced a DNA profile and police have identified the body to be a man, between 5”8 and 5”11 and likely to be over 54 years old at the time of death.

Enquiries with the national DNA database and with the UK Missing Person Bureau have proved to be negative in matching the DNA profile and detectives are progressing Familial DNA research in an effort to identify the male.

It is also known from analysis of the skull that the person had suffered trauma to the head. North Wales Police are currently treating the death as suspicious.

Now detectives are hoping that further new evidence will lead to the crucial breakthrough required.

Detailing the latest developments in S4C’s new crime series Y Ditectif, they revealed that fibres found at the scene have also been analysed and forensic experts have identified them to be from a dark green jumper from the ‘Pringle’ brand.

The manufacturers have provided evidence that the jumper was produced between 2000 and 2004.

Recently retired Detective Sergeant Dewi Harding Jones explains the importance of this evidence in the S4C programme -

“This is significant progress as we now can determine that it is likely that the body has been left at that location after the year 2000.”