July 26, 2012: Police appeal for public to come forward after an unidentified body is discovered by a dog walker along the cycle path between Exmouth and Lympstone at Lower Halsdon Farm, at around 8.30am on Wednesday, July 18.
August 2, 2012: Police carry out forensic testing and confirm they don't believe the man would have been in the water for more than a maximum of a few days.
August 9, 2012: Officers from Exmouth CID issue an e-fit of the man in a bid to find people who may recognise him and help them locate his next of kin.
Results of the postmortem come back inconclusive and further testing is pending. The man's DNA is also sent for testing by the coroner. Fingerprint analysis also reveals nothing. Because of the condition of the man when he was found, police believe he is most likely from the local area.
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August 23, 2012: Following the initial postmortem, DNA samples taken from a second forensic postmortem are due to be checked against the national DNA database for a possible match.
Officers confirm that usually only people who have been dealt with by police will have their DNA stored.
August 30, 2012: Police focus their investigations on the Exmouth area. A tidal report reveals the man entered the water between Exmouth Marina and where he was found.
DNA is searched against the missing persons database and national DNA database but no match is found. Officers are now looking to work with Interpol to see if the man could be a foreign national known to them.
November 1, 2012: Experienced senior investigative officers review the case.
A series of forensic tests have been conducted on the man's body, with DNA obtained and checked against the missing persons database and national DNA database, but no match has been found. Toxicology tests have been analysed and revealed no traces of drugs or alcohol in the man's system.
December 6, 2012: Police renew appeal.