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    Why has the case never been solved?

    Despite a few new pieces of information emerging over the years, the case is still a mystery.

    Most of the key witnesses are now dead.

    SA Police told the ABC it was an ?open inquiry? that remained with the Major Crime Investigation Branch.

    Genetic testing on the Somerton Man?s hair, embedded in the plaster cast, revealed the man?s mother had European ancestry, but offered no further clues.

    Jessie Thomson died in 2007, six years before her link to the investigation was made public.

    Rumours swirled that her son Robin was the biological son of the unidentified man.

    In 2013, her daughter Kate Thomson said her mother knew the identity of the man on the beach.

    ?She said to me she knew who he was, but she wasn?t going to let that out of the bag,? she told current affairs show 60 Minutes.

    Romance blossomed during investigations

    While sleuths around the world have conducted their own investigations over the years, Adelaide University professor Derek Abbott has dedicated more than 20 years to solving the case.

    He found himself more deeply involved in the story while researching the connection between Robin Thomson and the Somerton Man.

    While Robin Thomson had died by the time Professor Abbott made the connection, his daughter Rachel Egan was alive and living in Queensland.

    Professor Abbott contacted her, and before long, the two developed a relationship. They married.

    Professor Abbott said comparing the DNA of his wife and the Somerton Man ? her possible grandfather ? could prove whether or not Robin was the Somerton Man?s son and whether Mrs Thomson had been in a relationship with the mystery man.

    The only problem?

    No state government has agreed to the exhumation. Until now.

    Attorney-General Vickie Chapman told the ABC the State Government had offered its conditional support for an exhumation.

    But there?s a catch.

    ?If somebody can come up with the funds to support that, and there is sufficient supervision of this process, then I will consent to it,? she said.

    Ms Chapman has had informal talks with police about an exhumation but said they had not indicated it was a priority.

    ?We would need to have a clear plan as to what the exhumation arrangements would be, what particles of fibre or tissue might be required for forensic assessment, who would undertake that, the security of that, the reinterment,? she said.

    ?At this stage, I haven?t had any plan presented or indication that there?s finance available, but I would of course act as expeditiously as possible, if those things were in place and approved.?

    Could it be funded?

    Professor Abbott estimated the cost of an exhumation from the Somerton Man?s grave at West Terrace Cemetery would be $20,000.

    It doesn?t sound like much, especially given the level of interest in the case, but a previous crowdfunding effort came to nothing.

    ?We?ve got the mother?s side, we need the father?s side which is the Y-DNA and we also need the autosomes, which is part of the DNA,? he said.

    ?That?s what we really want because it?s from [those] that you can use that data to go on genealogical websites and find close cousins.?

    Professor Abbott told the ABC he was considering starting a new crowdfunding effort, to help find the answers to the questions he had been asking for more than two decades.

    Ms Egan, who said she was only too happy to take part in genetic testing, said she felt a little like Alice in Wonderland ? on the verge of an abyss, not knowing how deep it went.

    ?There will still be many questions that remain unanswered but hopefully it will give us far more information about who he was,? she said.

    ?In one sense it?s irrelevant if he?s genetically related or not because obviously he has a connection to my family.

    ?If we?re not his family, there?s another family out there who deserve to know what?s happened to him.?

    While the world watches to see if this mystery will ever come to a conclusion, for Ms Egan it?s personal.

    ?Is the unknown man my grandfather, or not??

    Reporting and research: Daniel Keane
    Photography: Tony Hill, Greg Ashman, Chris Lockyer, Carl Saville
    Artwork: Ruth Stentiford
    Editor: Jessica Haynes
    Thanks to: Tim Leslie, Professor Derek Abbott, Gerry Feltus, Wayne Groom, Dr Carolyn Bilsborow, the SA Police Historical Society and the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority

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    In his anonymity, his aloneness, the tantalising and obscure clues he left behind, the unsolved death of the "Somerton Man" has become one of Australia's most enduring mysteries.

    Who he was, how he died, where he came from, where he was going: these questions have never been answered. His fame has grown exponentially as every passing decade has failed to uncover his secrets, the public interest intense. Now, for the first time, the answers are within reach.

    South Australian Attorney-General Vickie Chapman, who studied the case at law school, has granted conditional approval for an exhumation, with the proviso that taxpayers don't foot the bill. It is expected to cost about $20,000. That money has yet to be raised.

    Professor Derek Abbott is the man pushing for the exhumation.

    "It is frustrating that so much time has passed and an exhumation hasn't happened yet but I think the time is now right for that. The technology is there and I think the will is there," he says.

    Professor Abbott wants Somerton Man's DNA. He suspects Somerton Man fathered a child and left a generational legacy and that Rachel Egan is the Somerton Man's granddaughter.

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    he mysterious Somerton Man has been given a Hollywood makeover in the hope forensic facial reconstruction will help solve the perplexing 72-year-old cold case.

    A cross-continental collaboration involving a virtual reality artist and two researchers has resulted in new images of the man whose body was found on Adelaide's Somerton beach.

    His identity and cause of death have remained unsolved ever since he was spotted by passers-by propped against the seawall on December 1, 1948.

    The case has baffled police and sparked theories about who he was, including speculation he was a Cold War spy or a jilted lover, and that he could have been poisoned.

    Images of the mystery man are scarce, with unflattering black-and-white post-mortem photographs — and a death mask of his face and upper torso — all that remain.

    But virtual reality specialist Daniel Voshart, whose credits include work on US television show Star Trek: Discovery, recently joined forces with University of Adelaide Somerton Man researcher Derek Abbott and US genealogist Colleen Fitzpatrick to fix that problem.

    The result is an animation, and several striking new images, showing what the Somerton Man could well have looked like when he was alive.

    "I drew on all of Derek Abbott's research and list of things of what to pay attention to," Canada-based Voshart told ABC News.

    "I was given a list of his hair colour, what his teeth were like, what his eye colour was, his skin tone."

    Using artificial intelligence software, Voshart combined the physical descriptions of the Somerton Man with the autopsy photos and images of the plaster bust.

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