The collision happened on November 29, 2019, when a man trying to cross the northbound carriageway at junction 18 was struck by several vehicles. He sadly died at the scene.
Detective Sergeant Mahesh Patel, said: “It’s been a year now since this fatal road traffic collision and despite extensive enquiries, including circulating this man’s DNA and fingerprints internationally, his identity still remains unknown.
“This man is someone’s son and somewhere out there, he has a family who may have no idea that he has sadly died.
“I’m therefore really keen to re-appeal for information in the hope that we might be able to get in touch with a relative so he can be properly laid to rest. Even someone with the smallest piece of information is encouraged to come forward.”
An expert at Liverpool John Moores University has produced an e-fit to show what the man would have looked like, in the hope that someone will come forward with information as to his identity.
He is described as in his late teens/early 20s, about 5ft 1in, with black hair and brown eyes. He has a wispy growth of facial hair and what looks to be an old piercing in his left ear lobe. He also has two faint linear scars, about 1.5cm and 3cm long, on the back of his lower left arm.
At the time of his death, he was wearing a black, long-sleeved top marked with the words ‘The Urban Club, Bronx’, a black and grey jumper and black jeans. On his person he had a European plug phone charger, some euros and a Samsung mobile phone with an Orange France sim card in it.
It is suspected that he may have entered the country illegally, disembarked from a lorry, and for unknown reasons crossed the southbound carriageway of the M1, making it successfully across all three lanes, before being struck in an attempt to then cross the northbound carriageway.
Anyone who recognises the man or knows who he might be is asked to please contact Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Incident number: 19000640749