Old notebook, 265 names and DNA. The police return to the case of the mysterious death near Matragona
Photo: Martyna Sokołowska
After nearly 20 years, investigators will again deal with the case of an unexplained death in the Bieszczady Mountains. They want to try once again to determine the identity of the man whose body was found on September 24, 2000 in a tent under the peak of Matragona. The police were helped by new findings from tvn24.pl. Will the registration booklet filled by tourists lead to a breakthrough?
We described the mystery of death near Matragona in detail two weeks ago on tvn24.pl.
In September 2000, a mushroom picker found a decomposing body in a tent under a mountain peak in the Bieszczady Mountains. There were no personal items or documents with the body – nothing that would allow the identification of the deceased person.
Case retrieved from the archives
The circumstances of the death were explained by the District Prosecutor’s Office in Lesko. She commissioned, among others: performing an autopsy. Forensic experts determined that they belonged to a man aged approximately 30-50. As they stated, they could have stayed in the tent for several to even several dozen weeks. They found no evidence that other people contributed to the man’s death. Based, among other things, on these findings, the prosecutor decided to discontinue the investigation after three months.
Police officers – first from the police station in Ustrzyki Dolne, then from the police station in Lesko – tried to determine the man’s identity. Without success. After four years, the “identification procedure for the dead body” was completed, and the file with materials in this case was transferred to the police archive.
Now, after almost two decades, it has been removed from it, and the identification issue is on the move again. The findings of tvn24.pl helped. The registration book turned out to be important, as it may contain the details of the deceased man.
– A case can be taken up from the archive when new relevant information appears. In this case, it is the registration booklet that you indicated. This is a new circumstance that has not been verified so far. Therefore, it is justified to resume the proceedings, says Superintendent Paweł Rysz, deputy district police commander in Lesko.
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