Police are appealing for the public’s help to identify a man who was found deceased at Bideford this week (March 29).
A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: "Officers were called at 2.15pm on Monday, March 27 after the man’s body was found in the River Torridge at Bideford.
"Detectives are now working to establish who he may be and to locate his next of kin. They have eliminated any known local missing people from their enquiries.
"Police have released the following description of the man and are asking for the public to contact them with any information.
"He is a white male, approximately 50-60 years of age, with receding, greying hair, and a brown but greying neat beard. He has blue eyes and is of a slim build.
"He was wearing several layers of clothes – an outer coat of several shades of blue over a black zip-up fleece, a blue wool jumper, all over a collared plaid shirt that is white and brown. He wore dark blue trousers tied with a cord over blue jeans, and black work boots.
"He had wads of blue tac in each ear as possible protection against loud noise. He had no identification, and no property, with him."
Detective Sergeant Ben Cartwright said: “Out of respect for this man’s family, officers have been making discreet enquiries since he was found to try and identify him. However, this has not been successful, and we are calling on the local community for assistance.
“While we remain open-minded as to who he is, from the clothing and the ear plugs, it is possible he was operating or working on some sort of machinery – be it a boat, or some sort of local industry.
“We are keen to hear from anyone who works or lives in these environments in the area who may recognise this man from the description given, or anyone else who may have any information to assist us.”