Sonning (left) and Bell Weir Pix: TVP

An appeal has been launched in an attempt to identify three bodies found in or near the Thames in unrelated incidents, dating back to the 1980s and 1990s.

Thames Valley Police has launched force-wide campaign Operation Nightingale investigationg a total of eight cases. The deaths in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire remain unresolved with the victims' identities unknown.

Thames Valley Police said: “These cases are likely to be people who have been reported missing by family or friends and whilst the majority may not have been the victim of a crime, identifying who they are is an important step in providing closure to those families and friends.”

Two cases involve bodies found in the Thames. They are:

Bell Weir near Staines on December 26th 1985. A white male aged between 30 and 45.

Sonning Lock found on January 2nd 1995 although police think the person could have been in the river for a considerable time. White male aged 25 to 40.

The third case is on the Jubilee River, the Thames flood channel, at Dorney found on May 1st 2004. White male 25 and 35.

Anyone with information that can help identify any of the people in these cases should contact police on the non-emergency phone number 101 quoting URN 982 12/11/12 Alternatively email: OpNightingale@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

If you don't want to speak directly to the police, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org. Police say no personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Story dated December 13th 2012

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