A special two-part series from true crime podcast Testimony delves into a case that has more questions than answers
On May 13, 2006, a man strolling along the beach in Seaham, six miles south of Sunderland, made a grizzly discovery. He called the police and set in motion a series of events that have yet to be elucidated.
Testimony: The body on Seaham Beach is a two-part podcast exploring the events following the discovery of human remains on Featherbed Rocks.
Fiona Thompson, who then covered the story as a reporter for our sister title, the Sunderland Echo, guides listeners through the actions of police and others over the following weeks, months and years in the exhaustive attempt to identify these remains.
Testimony: The body on Seaham Beach contains interviews with key people and authorities involved in the case.
In addition to covering the specifics of this case, the podcast also sheds light on how missing persons and unidentified remains are being handled by authorities and investigators.
Testimony: The body on Seaham Beach sheds light on the ongoing search for answers and asks if anyone out there might have the key to solving this case.
Retired Detective Inspector Cliff Down was the lead officer on this case and shares his memories of the only case he ever worked on without getting a result. Coroner’s Officer Neville Dickson also makes an appearance and explains why this particular case was so unusual.
Other contributors from the National Missing Persons Unit and the Durham Heritage Coast, as well as scientists and academics, come together on the podcast to tackle the identification of this person in hopes of finally finding answers somewhere for a grieving family.
Testimony is a commendable production for the Sunderland Echo and Mazic News, soon to be available on all podcast platforms. It is presented and produced by Kelly Crichton.