MYSTERY surrounds the death of a vagrant who was well known for begging in Uxbridge town centre.
Police officers from Thames Valley say they received an anonymous letter from a member of the public which led to the discovery of a skeleton in Broadsprings Wood near Denham, Buckinghamshire.
The author of the letter said they had been walking their dog next to junction 16 of the M25 and the slip road onto the M40 towards Uxbridge, when the discovery was made.
Police believe the dead man was Scottish and between 40 and 60 years old, around five feet seven inches tall with dark, greying hair. He is believed to have begged in Uxbridge Town Centre and frequently shopped in the town.
Detective Sergeant Paul Duffin, of Thames Valley Police, said: "A post-mortem was conducted and we do not believe the death to be suspicious. However we are keen to speak to the author of the letter.
"After speaking to local residents and landowners we now believe that the body is that of a man who lived rough in the woods for many years.
"Unfortunately no-one we have spoken to knows his name."
Anyone who may have known the man or has any information should call Det Sgt Duffin on 0845 8 505 505 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.