Police are hoping the public will be able to help identify a man who was struck and killed by a train at Pakenham over nine years ago.
Officers believe he entered the railway line ahead of a stationary Melbourne-bound train at about 9:15pm on Thursday August 14, 2008.
The train moved off and, unknown to the driver, struck the man.
Ten minutes later he was struck by a second train whose driver spotted him and raised the alarm.
His death is not believed to be suspicious but detectives are hoping for a break that will allow them to notify his next of kin.
“This man would have had a family; he would have been someone’s son, he could have been a brother, a father, an uncle or a friend," said Detective Senior Constable Mick Van Der Heyden.
“I have no doubt that his family would dearly love to know what has happened to their loved one, and we would like to identify this man and bring some closure for the family."
The man is perceived to be of Indian sub-continental appearance, aged between 20 and 30 years old and approximately 170cms tall, with an olive complexion, short dark hair and unshaven.
He was wearing a distinctive sports club jacket, believed to be from New South Wales, with a logo stating “Valley Statesman Rugby League”.
Detectives have identified the original owner of the jacket, and believe it was discarded either in Pakenham or Doncaster in the months prior to the man’s death.