The mystery death of a man found at North Sydney’s former Rest Hotel has baffled detectives for almost 60 years.
As part of Missing Persons Week, a fresh appeal has been launched by NSW Police to identify the man, believed to be linked to the Grafton area.
It is believed the man had family connections to the city of Grafton in northern NSW.
Believed to be between 50 and 55, he was staying at the Alfred St watering hole under the name of K. Cox but was found in possession of clothes labelled with ‘P Wilson’ and ‘West’.
He was discovered slumped in the first-floor communal bathroom on Friday, December 10, 1965.
Police say the man held a to-do list, which included items such as “take dry cleaning, buy cup & teapot, spoon, visit the bank, buy singlets & underpants, ring Harry & Peter”.
The popular local watering hole had 14 rooms for travellers, and one communal bathroom.
A media appeal was issued at the time, and police delved into the matter to no avail.
Initial inquiries suggested he had died from carbon monoxide poisoning. The man was about 185cm tall, of medium build, fair complexion with greying hair and blue eyes.
The Rest Hotel – once located at the corner of Alfred and Cliff Streets – has today been replaced with high rise apartments.
Detective Inspector Ritchie Sim.
Detective Inspector Ritchie Sim, Missing Persons Registry manager, said there is a focus on unidentified bodies and human remains during this year’s Missing Persons Week and police were seeking help from the public to solve the North Sydney mystery.
“Technology has come a long way since the 60s, especially DNA technology, meaning – with the public’s assistance – we’ve never had a better shot at identifying this man,” Det Insp Sim.