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. The book also contained a phone number leading to a nurse named "Jo Thompson". When shown a death mask of the man, it is reported that Jo nearly fainted, however she stated she didn't know who he was. Jo had also recently given birth to a son named Robin, who had very similar features to the man. It has been theorized that the decedent was the father of Robin.
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.
- Mousy-coloured hair, mixed with red and grey.
- Grey eyes.
- Pronounced calf muscles.
- Three small scars on his left wrist.
- A scar inside of his left elbow.
- A scar on his upper left arm.