The badly decomposed body of man has been found in a roadside ditch in County Durham.
Craig Foreman was reported missing in October
The discovery was made by a man walking alongside the
B6310, near Shotley Bridge, on Monday morning.
Durham Police say the body - which was covered by dense undergrowth - may have been there "for some time".
Police said they could not rule out the possibility the body was that of 20-year-old Craig Foreman who went missing from his Medomsley home in October.
Detective Chief Inspector Ron Vine said that at the time of his disappearance, Mr Foreman was reported as being vulnerable and depressed.
A post-mortem examination was due to be held at the University Hospital of North Durham on Monday night.
The body was found 200 yards from the tiny community of Daisy Hill.
Mr Vine, of Derwentisde CID, said: "It is too early for investigators to draw conclusions and ultimately DNA analysis may be necessary to confirm the identity of the dead man."