An investigation was yesterday launched after the body of a 34-year-old man was found on the bed of a river near Portals Nous. The body was discovered yesterday morning near the motorway but the identification of the corpse and the circumstances surrounding the death remains a mystery. An autopsy will be carried out today and police hope that the results will shed some light on the case. The dead man was found with no shoes on, wearing a pair of jeans and a maroon shirt. Police did find a bank book in one of the pockets and that is being examined in the hope that it may lead to the deceased's identity - no other form of identification was found on the body. Detectives have already managed to establish that the man has been dead for at least 24 hours and that an individual was seen walking along the motorway on Tuesday and asleep in one of the bulldozers carrying out road works. The body was found caked in mud and soaking wet - but detectives ruled out drowning as the cause of death, because despite the heavy rain, there was little water in the river. For the moment the police are working on two theories. The first being that the individual was homeless and died of natural causes or was an addict and either died of an overdose or died of a heart attack. Detectives and the Guardia Civil were at the scene for most of yesterday afternoon, carrying out an exhaustive search of the area for any clues. Police doubt very much that there was any foul play. There were neither signs of violence on the body nor any evidence to suggest that there had been a scuffle. Last night police were checking with the psychiatric hospital in Palma and calling for witnesses, who may have also seen the individual walking along the motorway on Tuesday, to come forward.


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