by Trevor Baxter
THE IDENTITY of a pensioner found dead on Greenfield’s moors six weeks ago continues to be a mystery to detectives…
But as the search for clues goes on, the Independent, who nicknamed him ‘Chew Track man’ after the place his body was discovered, can reveal he has been named ‘Neil’ by caring police workers.
“The girls at the mortuary have been following the story,” explained Detective Sergeant John Coleman.
“They’ve been concerned about him having no identity. It’s normal to give an abandoned baby a name at a hospital so one of the girls at the hospital named him Neil.
“At least he is now someone with a name until we can formally identify him.”
The teeth of the dead man, who is thought to be aged between 65-75, have now been examined by a forensic odontology specialist in the search for answers.
DS Coleman is hopeful of a breakthrough in the case this weekend when the results of DNA taken from the son of a missing grandfather from Northern Ireland should finally be known.
Hugh Toner, who would now be 78, went missing from an Ulster hospital in 1994 and was never seen again.
The family are unaware of any direct Saddleworth link but Mr Toner spent time in the Swindon and Bath areas.
The family are now waiting to hear from police about results of a DNA test.
“DNA recovered from Mr Toner’s son has been sent off to our forensic science service and we are hopeful of a result one way or other,” explained DS Coleman.
The cop also made a plea to taxi drivers who might have given ‘Neil’ a lift from Manchester Piccadilly train station to Greenfield where he visited The Clarence pub and spoke with landlord Mel Robinson.
Police do not believe he used a bus, tram or onward train from Piccadilly to reach Saddleworth due to the time between known sightings.
“Through Manchester City Council, we have contacted every driver with a licence in the Manchester area and shown them a picture,” explained DS Coleman. “But as yet no one has come forward.”