Missing Persons Week 2023: COMFIT issued to help identify deceased man from 2004

As part of Missing Persons Week 2023, detectives are appealing for public assistance to identify a man who died at a Sydney hospital more than 18-years ago.

About 8.45pm on Sunday 12 September 2004, a man was dropped off by a taxi to the Emergency Department (ED) at St Vincent’s Hospital. It’s understood the man had been complaining of stomach pain whilst inside the cab.

A security guard was rushed over to assist in removing the man from the taxi and wheeled him into the ED in a wheelchair.

Despite efforts of hospital staff, the man died in hospital a short time later.

A post-mortem examination was conducted, with the cause of death determined to be from ‘Pyelonephritis’, commonly known as an infection of the kidney.

The man did not have any identification, and despite inquiries by Kings Cross Police Area Command and the Missing Persons Registry, has not matched any current missing persons reports.

Detectives are now renewing their appeal for public assistance, issuing a COMFIT image to continue their attempts to identify the man.

He is described as being of Asian appearance, aged in his 50s, with short length dark greying hair, wearing glasses and a goatee beard.

Police have also been told a woman was inside the taxi at the time assisting the man, however it is unknown if she was known to him or a Good Samaritan helping him.

Anyone who may recognise this man, or may be able to assist with inquiries, is urged to contact police.

Missing Persons Week is an annual national campaign to raise awareness of the issues and impacts surrounding missing persons and runs between Sunday 30 July to Saturday 5 July 2023.

Are you the missing link? For more information on the campaign, visit www.missingpersons.gov.au.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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