The Somerton Man. But for University of Adelaide Professor Derek Abbott, who has applied to exhume the body, the cost is of little importance. A post-mortem ruled he died from being poisoned, but the man known only as the 'Somerton Man' was never identified. ABC journalist and host of Radio National podcast The Somerton Man Mystery, Fiona Ellis-Jones, theorises that the key to the case lies with Joe. Was this a love story gone horribly wrong? DNA testing has shown that Robin has American relatives. ', The Somerton Man is believed to have fathered a child with nurse Jo Thomson (pictured) - Rachel Egan's grandmother. Was ‘Tamam Shud’ a suicide note? Inside the pocket of his light brown trousers was a packet of Juicy Fruit chewing gum, a packet of cigarettes, a handkerchief, an American metal comb, a packet of matches, a railway ticket to Henley Beach and a bus ticket to North Glenelg. Who he was and his purpose for being in the area remain a mystery that those closest to the case hope will soon be solved, as officials allow the man's body to be exhumed. Police theorised that the book had been tossed there by the Somerton Man as he made his way down to the beach. He recalled visiting Somerton in December the previous year with his brother-in-law. The pathologist, John Matthew Dwyer, noticed that the Somerton Man's pupils were smaller than usual which could point to certain drugs like barbiturates - though this theory was not conclusive. And I think there is some truth to that. The cause of death was near impossible to determine. The sun was warm but not uncomfortably so, and the breeze rolled off the ocean as the two talked about things they’d later forget. A unknown man's body was found on a beach in South Australia in December of 1948. This is the case of the Somerton Man, also known as the Taman Shud case. 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Listen to this week's episode of True Crime Conversations on the Somerton Man. Robin also shared some genetic traits such as missing incisor teeth and a larger upper larger hollow of the ear with the Somerton Man. The man, he noticed, didn’t seem homeless, or like he had been the subject of a violent attack. 'It's a case of intrigue and mystery and so it's been on my agenda for over 40 years now,' she said. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. Theories Edit. The place of death was close to Woomera, an intelligence gathering area. Watch the new and 7th season of BuzzFeed Unsolved: True Crime! 'To exhume a body in South Australia, it needs the Attorney-General's approval for obvious reasons. The first phone number led nowhere. Professor Abbott also believes her son, Robin, who was 16-months-old at the time, shared remarkable similarities with the Somerton Man, including a rare genetic disorder present in only two per cent of the population. Blood and urine samples showed up nothing. When police came knocking on Joe's front door, they discovered she was living with a partner and her young son. It might also explain the indecipherable code buried in the back of his book. 'We went over to see if he was alright and we got fairly close to him and couldn't see him breathing and he never took any notice of us so,' he told the program. It would explain the lack of identification, and also the possessions that made it clear he was well travelled. She vehemently denied knowing who the Somerton Man was and couldn't explain how her phone number ended up in the back of his book. 'People have said that possibly Derek married me for my DNA. The Somerton Man was found about five minutes from Ms Thomson's home. 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