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A man whose body was found on the M1 near Daventry has been named as 46-year-old Ashley Hayes from Shepherd's Bush, London.
The northbound carriageway was closed for a number of hours while forensic teams examined the scene.
“We believe that Mr Hayes may have been in the Toddington Services area, in Bedfordshire, at around 1.30am this morning.
"He may have been given a lift from there, or may have hidden himself in a lorry, to enable him to get to where we discovered him.
"We need anyone who was there are the time and may have seen him or witnessed anything suspicious to contact us.”
"This may have been an accident or something more serious" say police. Adding they need to determine the circumstances which led to his death.
Officers are appealing for lorry drivers and other motorists who may have driven on this stretch of road between junction 16 and 18 to come forward.
Police say the body of a man found dead on the M1 in Northamptonshire had been run over several times.
A stretch of the motorway near Daventry was closed for most of the day with officers describing the scene as "catastrophic".
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The M1 near Daventry has re-opened to traffic after the body of a man was found on the northbound carriageway in the early hours of today (10th Jan).
Northamptonshire police say the man was hit several times.
Highways England say the road has now been cleared and all lanes are re-opened. It was affecting traffic between Junction 16 and 18.
Detective Sergeant Tony Hopkins from the East Midlands Collision Unit at the scene of the M1 near Daventry in Northamptonshire where a man's body was discovered.
It had been hit by several vehicles and the scene has been described as 'catastrophic', with identification expected to be carried out through finger prints.
Northamptonshire police have described the scene on the M1 near Daventry where a body was found as 'catastrophic'.
Officers may have to use fingerprints to identify the victim who was a man.
He had been run over several times.
The body was discovered on the northbound carriageway between junction 16 and junction 18 in the early hours of today (Jan 10th).
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The M1 is likely to remain partially closed for most of today (Tues 10th Jan) after a body was discovered near Daventry.
Police say it looks like the body has been run over several times.
Drivers are being asked to find alternative routes.
A body found on the M1 motorway appears to have been run over several times say police.
A stretch of the motorway has been closed in Northamptonshire following the discovery some time before 3am on Tuesday (10th Jan).
Police said the road was expected to remain partially closed for most of Tuesday following the discovery.
Highways England said the "serious incident" closed the northbound carriageway between junction 16 near Northampton and junction 18 near Rugby.
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
"Motorists are advised to seek alternative routes and diversions will be in place."
A stretch of the M1 in Northamptonshire has been closed after a body was found in the road.
Police made the discovery just after 3am this morning.
Officers say the northbound carriageway between junction 16, near Northampton, and junction 18, near Rugby, is likely to be shut for most of the day.
"Motorists are advised to seek alternative routes and diversions will be in place," a police spokesperson said.
"Witnesses, or anyone with information, can police on 101 or 03000111222 if outside of the county."
An investigation into how the body ended up in the road is now underway.