WA Police Force Senior Constable Jen Robinson led the search for a family member, a friend-anyone who might have known the man but found no one.
Although ‘John Doe’ has been missing since 1998, we do not know if he is missed.
It shows that missing persons – even those police cannot identify – are never completely forgotten.
The Major Crime Squad Missing Persons Unit is again calling for public assistance in their investigation into the identity of a man killed on Saturday 7 March, 1998.
The man died instantly after being hit by a northbound train between the Burswood and Victoria Park Train Stations about 11.20pm.
Despite extensive inquiries over the last 20 years, the man has not been identified. In an attempt to discover the identity of this man, DNA and fingerprinting testing was undertaken and ran both domestically and internationally. He was even profiled on the national crime show ‘Australia Most Wanted’ in the hope that someone would recognise him and the circumstances surrounding his death – this was not the case.
Senior Constable Jen Robinson organised a funeral for the unknown man in 1999 and wants answers as much as anyone. “We just wanted to be able to say to his family ‘we did give your son a farewell.’” Jen continues “The seventh of March doesn’t go by without me thinking of him – it’s like Remembrance Day for me.”
The man is described as having fair skin, aged between 20 and 40 years of age, slim to medium build, between 170 and 175cm tall, hazel eyes and balding with ginger/blonde hair. He was wearing a green/blue business shirt, green trousers, brown belt and black Rivers brand shoes.
Attached is a composite image of what the man is believed to have looked like. The second image is a still photograph from an ABC simulated footage showing what the man was wearing at the time.
Cast your memory back, were you near Burswood or Victoria Park Train Stations in Perth on 7 March 1998? Did you know someone who went missing around that time? You may have a small piece of the larger picture.
If anyone knows the identity of the man or has further information about this case, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make an online report below. You can remain anonymous if you wish.