POLICE were last night trying to piece together the final moments of a man who was found dead on a footpath next to a Southampton railway station.

Officers were scouring the pathway behind Millbrook station after the gruesome discovery.

A post-mortem scheduled to take place yesterday morning was delayed for several hours and was being carried out last night.

Officers revealed that documents found in the man’s pockets suggest he was Polish, but they have so far been unable to establish who he was or how he died.

They say it is too early to establish whether the man’s death will form part of any criminal inquiry and are treating it as “unexplained”.

The station was closed to the public on Sunday after a member of the public discovered the body shortly after 11.30am, while the footbridge crossing the busy Millbrook Road West was also cordoned off.

The station reopened yesterday morning, but the officers from Hampshire’s Major Investigation Team (HMIT) were carrying out investigations on the footpath, which runs parallel to the railway from the outskirts of the city centre all the way to the station.

They were gathering footage from CCTV cameras covering part of the site and are liaising with British Transport Police.

Acting Detective Inspector Damon Kennard, from Shirley CID, appealed for anyone who has used the pathway since Saturday afternoon to contact them.

He said: “We have already had people phoning in with information so we would encourage people to continue to contact us.

“If there is anyone locally who realises that someone is missing or hasn’t turned up for work, they should also contact us.”

Anyone who has information should contact detectives at Hampshire’s Major Investigation Team on 101.