Kent Police are appealing for witnesses following the discovery of a man's body, by a dog walker, at 6.00am yesterday morning (Wednesday 7th August), on the Isle of Sheppey.
Officers were called to Warden Bay Road, in Leysdown, to a private beach between the Little Groves caravan site and Isle of Sheppey Holiday Village.
The death is being treated as suspicious and a murder investigation was launched by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate yesterday (Wednesday 7th August).
Detectives have revealed that the victim, who is believed to be in his 30's or 40's had been "savagely beaten" and left naked from the waist down. He was described as being white, bald, around 5ft 6ins tall and was wearing a ring on his wedding finger. It is not known whether the man is local or a holiday-maker and police say the cause of death is "yet to be determined" as a post mortem has not yet been undertaken.
Detective Chief Inspector Jon Clayden, leading the investigation, told SFM News: "We would like to speak to anyone who may have seen or heard anything on or near this stretch of beach between 8pm on Tuesday night and 6am on Wednesday morning. They can come and speak to our officers, who will be based at Warden Bay Village Hall, or they can call us 101 (quoting CAD 07-0167) or they can call Kent Crimestoppers free (from any landline) and anonymously on 0800 555 111".