Skull Found In Bushland 18 Years Ago Now Has A Face

Investigators have used digital reconstruction in an attempt to identify a man whose remains were found in Sydney's southwest 18 years ago.

A group of children were playing in a reserve at St Helens Park in May 2001 when they stumbled upon a skull, partially buried in the ground.

A boy took it home to his mother who quickly contacted police.

A near full skeleton was uncovered in May 2001. Photo: NSW Police

Officers combed the bushland over the following few days and uncovered a near-complete skeleton, as well a number of other items including a gold bracelet, watch, lighter, empty bullet casings and food tins.

Forensic experts concluded that the skull belonged to male aged 35-45 who likely died in the late 1980s but despite exhaustive inquiries and comparisons to missing persons cases, detectives were unable to identify him.

A cause of death has never been established.

Photo: NSW Police

Now, thanks to advanced DNA and bone analysis, experts say they have been able to predict his physical characteristics.

At the time of death, the man was believed to have been 166-174cm tall, with a muscular build, dark brown/black hair, and brown eyes.

Police have now released a digital reconstruction of the man's face in the hopes of identifying him.

Photo: NSW Police

“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,"Campbelltown City Crime Manager, 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.

“Once we know who he is, we can start to establish more about his life, which opens up the investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death,” Det Inger continued.

Strike Force Tavoy detectives urge anyone who has information about the identity of the man to come forward