Human remains have reportedly been found in the woodland close to junction nine of the M6 in Wednesbury, West Midlands.
This discovery has sparked a police search of the area close to the Birmingham IKEA and the River Tame.
The remains were found on Monday (12 April) evening, and West Midlands Police have said that the remains appear to have been there “for some time”.
Investigators are still attempting to figure out the cause of death, and tests are being carried out to identify the victim.
Forensic officers were spotted searching an embankment on Axeltree Way, close to a railway line, and it is believed that the team will continue working at the scene for the next few days.
West Midlands Police is appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
A spokesperson for the force said: “We are investigating after human remains were found in Axeltree Way, Wednesday yesterday evening.
“The remains appear to have been there for some time and tests are being carried out to identify the victim and establish the cause of death.
“Anyone with information should contact us quoting log 3826 of 12/4.”