The sudden death of a man whose body was discovered lying in a residential street is not being treated as suspicious, say police.
Emergency services put up barriers and cordoned off Spenser Road, Bedford, on Sunday morning after the body of the man, named locally as George Bichener, was found on a driveway.
A nearby resident was shocked to find an ambulance and police officers blocking the street.
He said: “When the ambulance left, I was horrified to see a body lying there, covered in blood.
“It was a man, I would guess in his mid-30s and about six foot tall.
“He looked like a normal guy that had been beaten up.”
The resident added:“I didn’t hear anything during the night so this was a total shock to me.
“I feel sickened when I think about it.”
Tributes have been left at the scene. One reads: “To George and Daddy, I love you so much.”
Another message says: “RIP George. You will be sadly missed. May time heal the broken hearts you have left behind.”
Police are treating the death as non-suspicious, and are awaiting formal identification of the body.
A spokeswoman said: “Officers received a call from the ambulance service at 9.19am after the body had been found.
“A post mortem will take place in due course to determine the cause of death and officers.”
The police are urging anyone with information relating to this incident to call 101, text information to 07786 200011 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.