Earlier this week, police found themselves in a “very rare” situation after they were unable to figure out the identity of a man who had been in hospital for more than a month.
He was critically injured when he was hit by a train between Royal Park and Jewell railway stations in Brunswick about 6.33pm on July 7.
The man, who is believed to be around 65 to 75-years-old, was taken to hospital with life-threatening head injuries and is still in a serious condition.
Police were previously unable to establish his identity despite “extensive enquiries”.
The man had no phone, wallet or cards on him at the time of the incident.
Senior Constable Dean Pilati said the man was non-communicative, but had been able to mumble the names “Roy” and “Ryan” and “Coburg”.
He said it was not clear whether the man was referring to himself or someone he knows.
Senior Constable Pilati said police had door knocked people, checked missing persons data bases, checked the man’s DNA and checked with local homeless shelters, to no avail.
He said it was “very rare” for the police to be in this situation. He also said it was possible the man was from overseas.