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Police’s ‘heart-felt appeal’ in finding Camberwell man’s family

Police have issued a ‘heart-felt appeal’ for help in finding the family of a Camberwell man who died in November.

John Stuart Parkin, 62, was believed to have been married more than once and to have children, but police have been unable to find any family.

They have now turned to the public for help, after also having no luck with a Facebook appeal.

Mr Parkin was found dead at his flat in Venice Court, Sultan Road, Camberwell, by police on November 21 after a friend who hadn’t seen him in a while raised the alarm.

He is said to have been well-known in the area but lived alone and kept to himself.

DC Paul Smitherman, who is leading the investigation, told the News: “His close friend said he believed he had a couple of marriages and had children in the Kent area.

“We did a Facebook-sponsored appeal last week which came to nothing.

John Stuart Parkin


“We attended his flat again quite recently because we thought somebody might have sent him a Christmas card, and he had lived there for quite some time, but there weren’t any.

“The council will bury him if we don’t find his family.

“This is about respect for him as a dead person really; it’s a heart-felt appeal from the Met Police and missing persons team in particular.”

DC Smitherman said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding Mr Parkin’s death and that a file will be prepared for the coroner.

It is believed he was from the south of England and police are focusing their search on London, Kent and possibly Sussex.

Officers have liaised with police in Kent but so far no members of Mr Parkin’s family have been traced.

Anyone with information that could assist police in locating Mr Parkin’s next of kin is asked to contact the missing persons team at Walworth on 07775 542227 or


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