Retired Metropolitan Police detective Sidney Ball has been asked to check a claim the claim that Lucan is in the small North Island town of Marton "I can't say more until I've completed my investigation. This man's neighbours are convinced that the guy living rough in an old Land Rover with a cat and a pet possum is Lucan," Mr Ball said. Rangitikei Mayor Bob Buchanan thinks they may be right. "I wouldn't be surprised to learn he is Lucan. There's quite a resemblance. And although he lives only about 10 minutes out of Marton, his mail goes to a PO box in Palmerston North." Neighbours say the man has an upper-class English accent and a military bearing like Lord Lucan, who was educated at Eton before serving in the Coldstream Guards. He is said to have arrived in New Zealand about the time Lucan disappeared and is also understood to be receiving money from property he owns in Britain.
The man himself, Roger Woodgate quickly denied he was hiding a secret identity. He was, he said, a former photographer who once worked for the Ministry of Defence and left the UK five months before Lord Lucan went missing. Mr Woodgate also pointed out he was five inches shorter than Lord Lucan and, at 62, is 10 years younger than the aristocrat would be now.
Shortly after Camilla Parker-Bowles denied she was in fact missing racehorse Shergar. David Cameron, in the hope of garnering a few more votes, hinted that he might in fact be Richey Edwards, the long lost fourth member of the Manic street Preachers.