POLICE have dropped the investigation into the death of a man at an Oxford church.

The body of a man in his 60s was found in the grounds of St Frideswide Church on Botley Road on Tuesday sparking a police investigation.


A police cordon closed off the area while forensic detectives combed the grounds, and the force yesterday said it was 'keeping an open mind' in regards to the investigation.

It has since confirmed that, following a post mortem report into the death, it is being treated as 'unexplained and non-suspicious'.

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Thames Valley Police spokesman David Marsh added that it will now be a matter for the coroner.

The identity of the man is yet to have been confirmed by police and it said these details will instead be released to the public by the coroner.

The force is currently preparing a report so that an inquest can be heard, and it is expected an inquest opening will be held in the coming weeks.

The church grounds where the body was found has been the subject of reports of drug-taking, and homeless people are known to seek shelter there.

However, it is not yet known if either of these were a factor in the unexplained death.