Police launch poster in a bid to find man who died on the M42

By Tristan Harris Tuesday 28 January 2014 Updated: 28/01 21:08

THIS POSTER has been circulated by police trying to identify a man who died in a collision with a lorry on the M42 near Alvechurch last month.

The man was on foot when the incident happened about 10.15pm on December 16 between Junction 2 and 3 of the northbound carriageway.

The release of CCTV pictures and numerous enquiries have still not led to the man been identified and an inquest was opened by Worcestershire Coroner Geraint Williams on January 15.

The poster is being put up around the Sparkhill and Acocks Green areas of Birmingham where it is believed he had connections and may have been living in a hostel.

The man was of Middle Eastern appearance and recently signed on as a patient at a Birmingham medical practice, telling staff he was born in France and spoke Arabic. It is believed he was in his 40s.

As well as the man's picture, the poster also features some Yale keys on a pink fob found on the body and some of the wording has been translated into Arabic.

PC Andy Mackellar, of the Central Motorway Police Group, said: “Despite all the checks we have made this man’s identity is still a puzzle.

"We’ve issued this poster in the hope that someone will recognise him and give us a name."

He added if he was living in a hostel, staff there or the landlord may recognise the fob and make the connection.

“It’s extremely sad to think that more than a month after this tragic incident any relatives this man had are still in the dark about his death. Somewhere he must have family, friends or colleagues who are wondering where he is."

He urged anyone with any information to call police on 0121 626 1285.

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