Face of woman mysteriously found dead 30 years ago recreated by forensic artists

A unknown woman found dead Burnham-on-Sea
She was found with an ‘After Curry’ mint in her pocket (Picture: Getty Images/Hew Morrison)

Forensic artists have recreated the face of a woman mysteriously found dead on a beach 30 years ago in an attempt to identify her.

The woman was discovered by an off-duty coastguard at a picturesque spot in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, in January 1993.

She has never been identified, despite several clues.

Scotland-based artist Hew Morrison is now trying to change this by creating an image of the woman on the 30th anniversary of her discovery.

Her lifeless body washed ashore after the fierce Braer Storm battered the UK – one of the most intense north Atlantic cyclones ever recorded in the country.

Burnham-on-Sea woman
Hew Morrison recreates faces of unknown people from the past (Picture: Hew Morrison)
The Low Lighthouse. Burnham-on-Sea. Somerset.
The beach where she was found is known for its beauty (Picture: Getty Images)

Discovered near the Low Lighthouse, the body is believed not to have been in the sea for long.

‘As we reach 30 years since her death, we’re hoping someone out there can help unite Burnham-on-Sea woman with her real name,’ said Dave Grimstead, CEO and founder of Locate International, a unit of volunteer investigators revisiting the case.

The charity, which helps families of unsolved missing person cases find their loved ones, recently revealed the image of an unknown woman who died after jumping from a London tower block nearly two decades ago.

There are a number of details investigators hope will help people identify the Burnham-on-sea woman.

She carried a packet of painkillers purchased from Superdrug and an ‘After Curry’ mint labelled ‘Kansaras’.

Aged between 60 and 70, she is said to have been 157cm tall and thin in build.

The elderly woman wore a light green and beige coat, with a dark green fur-lined hood.

‘Maybe you recognise her, or her clothes, or served her the Kansaras after-dinner mint, maybe in a curry house,’ Mr Grimstead said.

‘Maybe you remember a woman with very long grey hair in north Somerset around this time?’

He said the charity was looking at a ‘possible link with the eastern European community in the West County’.

‘Did you know anyone with eastern European links at the time who matches her description?’ he added.

‘Even the smallest details can help move our investigation forward, so we encourage you to come forward.’

Intense weather hit the area around north Somerset before the woman was found on the beach.

Thunder was widespread in the Bristol Channel area, a tornado swept through Congresbury and the streets of Weston-Super-Mare were reportedly white with hailstones.

People have previously found themselves in danger on the beach in Burnham-on-Sea.

Last year, a woman and two children were pulled from quicksand after sinking up to their knees.

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