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Somerton Man recon
Sex Male
Race White
Location Somerton Park, South Australia
Found 1 December 1948
Unidentified for 71 years
Postmortem interval 24 hours
Body condition Recognizable face
Age approximation 40 - 45
Height approximation 180 cm (5'11)
Weight approximation 80 kilos (176 pounds)
Cause of death Poisoning(S)
Somerton Man was discovered in South Australia in 1948. It is sometimes referred to as the Tamám Shud case.


The phrase "Tamám Shud" was found on a piece of paper in his pocket. The paper was not discovered until months after his death. It translates to "it is ended," a quote from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

His case was popular in Australia in the years immediately following his death. There has been heavy speculation that he may have been a spy during and immediately after World War II. Several personal items and clothing indicated the man may have originated from the United States.

After several denied requests, South Australia's Attorney General granted conditional approval for an exhumation of his remains in 2019 after the question of costs was settled and interested parties vouched to cover the costs. A potential granddaughter of the decedent is involved in the case. 


  • He had mousy-coloured hair, mixed with red and grey.
  • He had grey eyes.
  • His calf muscles were pronounced.
  • He had three small scars on his left wrist.
  • He had a scar inside of his left elbow.
  • He had a scar on his upper left arm.
  • He smoked.



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