Listen to Testimony: The Body on Seaham Beach – Part 2

Listen to part two of our special Testimony podcast on the discovery of unidentified human remains on a beach in north east England

Testimony: The Body on Seaham Beach is a new two-part podcast series launched last week to celebrate 16 years since the discovery of human remains on the Featherbed Rocks in north east England.

In the first episode of the podcast, listeners learned about a case of unidentified remains that has puzzled investigators since the day they were discovered.

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In the podcast, Fiona Thompson, who was then reporting on the story as a reporter for our sister title The Sunderland Echo, guides listeners through the actions of police and others over the following weeks, months and years in an exhaustive attempt to identify what remains.

On the second episode of the podcast, out today (May 20), hear from Neville Dixon, the coroner who worked on the case and investigation. He explains why the case was so unusual then and still is today.

Other contributors include Professor Caroline Wilkinson of Liverpool John Moores University, who worked with Senior Police Officer Cliff Down and his team to perform a facial reconstruction of the unidentified man.

Listen to episode two now:

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dr Wilkinson is famous for having a similar reconstruction of King Richard III. After the discovery of his remains in a Leicester car park in 2012.

In addition to the specifics of this case, the podcast highlights how missing persons cases and unidentified remains are handled by authorities and investigators.

Testimony is a commendable production for the Sunderland Echo and NationalWorld. It is presented, produced and edited by Kelly Crichton. Listen to Testimony: The Body on Seaham Beach – Part 2


Hung is a Interreviewed U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Hung joined Interreviewed in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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