The decomposed body of a man was found yards away from a makeshift camp near a busy motorway slip road in High Wycombe, it has been revealed. 

The remains of John Barry Norburn, 69, were found at the side of the A404, M40 slip road near the Handy Cross roundabout on February 4 last year - sparking a lengthy investigation. 

A High Wycombe resident and two police officers made the gruesome discovery while looking through nearby woods and shrubbery for a missing dog. 

One year on from the grisly discovery, the Bucks Free Press has learned the identity of the man following the conclusion of a Thames Valley Police investigation and an inquest. 

Mr Norburn, who was born in Don Valley, South Yorkshire, may have been living in the nearby camp and his whereabouts over the last 20 years "appear uncertain", according to a coroner's report. 

His cause of death was recorded as being unascertained because his body was "significantly" decomposed, but it is likely he died in late summer or early autumn 2016. 

He was only identified through DNA searches.