A MAJOR investigation has been launched to uncover the identity of a man found dead near to a Burton beauty spot.
Staffordshire Police revealed that it was working with several agencies in a bid to help piece together details about the man, believed to be in his 30s, who was discovered in Stapenhill Garden’s Hollows car park, off Stapenhill Road, yesterday morning.
Officers spent the majority of the day combing the area for clues after receiving a call just before 7am from a member of the public who discovered the body in a silver car.
A spokesman for the force told the Mail: “We were called to Hollows car park, Stapenhill Road, Burton, just before 7am on Monday, following the discovery of a man’s body in a vehicle.
“The car park was cordoned off while emergency services were in attendance.
“The ambulance service attended but sadly the man, who is believed to be in his late 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report is being prepared for HM Coroner.”
Officers revealed that work was ‘ongoing’ with regard to the man’s identity but details were not expected to be obtained until the end of the week at the earliest.
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed that it had been called to the scene by the police and, upon arrival, pronounced that the man had died.
A thick line of police tape surrounded the car park as two police cars and a special forensics were parked yards from the vehicle in which the man was found.
Scenes of crime officers spent several hours examining the car and its contents before later moving on to search the surrounded area of grassland.
The car was then taken away and was expected to be subjected to further forensic analysis throughout the rest of the week.
Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen what had happened.
Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101.