A computer image of the man whose badly burned body was found dumped at the side of the M45 in Warwickshire has been released by police in a bid to identify him.
The victim, believed to be between 45-75 years old, was discovered on fire at Tuesday lunchtime in a ditch next to the motorway, near Dunchurch.
Scanned images of the man’s face show he had a distinctively shaped nose and slightly protruding front teeth. He is also believed to have had extended sideburns or a full beard, which was dark but greying and long wispy hair. He was between 5ft 2ins and 5ft 6ins tall.
The victim had suffered substantial head injuries and was dead before he was set alight on the side of the motorway.
The man was confirmed dead and taken to University Hospital, Walsgrave, where a post mortem was carried out.
The M45 was closed to traffic for more than 24 hours while officers carried out an extensive finger tip search of a six mile stretch of both sides of the road.
Detective Superintendent Adrian McGee, who is leading the murder investigation, said someone must have information about the victim and must be missing him.
“Who have you not received a text from this New Year’s Eve? Who have you not spoken to? Who did not turn up? Who did you not hear from that you expected to at the start of 2009 that matches the description we have given?” he said.
“We also want to hear from anyone who was driving along the M45 motorway on Tuesday December 30 between 12.30pm - 1.30pm, who may have seen anything suspicious or out of the ordinary, such as a car stopped on the hard shoulder.”
Anyone with any information which can assist the police to identify the victim, or who was on the M45 on Tuesday 30 December should contact the murder incident room on 01926 415791 or 01926 415789 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.