Georgio & Katrina

Missing Since: ??

Over forty years ago, on the 21st February 1979, a body of a man was found at Porth Minick beach on St.Mary’s, the largest of the five inhabited islands that make up the Isles of Scilly. The islands, covered in heathland and fringed by sandy beaches, are located about 40km off the southwestern tip of Cornwall, in the Atlantic Ocean.

About This Case

The man was believed to have been born amid the world wars and aged between 40 and 60 years old. He had been in the water for at least four months. He was white and about 5ft 4 with dark brown greying hair, wore a two-tone blue and white short sleeved shirt with a woollen Eltex vest underneath.

On the ring finger of his right hand, he wore a gold band, believed to be a wedding ring. The ring had an inscription which read “Georgio and Katrina 1956”. 

There are over 1,000 cases of unidentified bodies in the United Kingdom. Rachel Edwards, whose brother Richey disappeared in 1995, was instrumental in the creation of the UK National database for unidentified bodies telling us, “families often suffer the pain of not knowing what has happened to a missing loved one, only to find they died many years earlier.”  Tragically that was the case for Ursula Barwick’s family in Australia who endured thirty years of heartache as they searched for their daughter. But the answers were sitting in police files all along.

The National Crime Agency UK Missing Persons Unit manage the database that Rachel and others campaigned for and we are working with the UK Missing Persons Unit and the police service to progress investigations to try and give people a name.  We need to find ways to help families who may, like Ursula’s family, still be searching for a missing loved one. 

We can only achieve this through the dedication of people who are willing to give their time and skills to this cause. Emma and a small team are working hard to unravel the mystery of Georgio and Katrina.



Despite the passage of time, the man has never been identified. With the power of social media, there is renewed hope that this mystery could now be solved.

 “I felt immediately compelled to help drive this case forwards.  A lost love.  An unidentified person.  Possibly someone’s grandad, dad, brother. During the current times, human connection is longed for and social media use has heightened.  I believe we can use this global societal change to gain answers and find the loved ones of Georgio and Katrina.  I urge for your assistance in uncovering any information that might solve the ring of mystery.”

Emma Tilley, Locate team.

Locate International are working with  Devon and Cornwall Police and the National Crime Agency (NCA) UK Missing Person Unit to seek your help and unravel the mystery of “Georgio and Katrina, 1956”. #RingofMystery #GeorgioandKatrina1956



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