A Vietnamese man whose body was discovered near a golf course may have had links to criminal gangs, police believe.
The death of 41-year-old Tinh Van Tran remains “unexplained” – but officers think whoever left his body near Whitehall Golf Course in Abercynon, South Wales, wanted it to be found.
Mr Van Tran, whose family have yet to be tracked down, is thought to have died elsewhere before being dumped.
He was left fully clothed and lying on his back.
South Wales Detective Chief Inspector Ceri Hughes said: “Tinh Van Tran was discovered fully clothed – a coat had been carefully placed over his top half.
“There was no effort to conceal his body which had been laid just off the road. We do not believe he died at that location, and think that those who put him there wanted him to be found.”
Forensic tests are now being carried out.
Officers do not know why Mr Van Tran was in South Wales but believe he had been in the UK for two years.
They have released a photograph of him to help their appeal for information.
“We have managed to source a picture of Tinh Van Tran – it is important for our investigation that people are able to put a face to a name,” Inspector Hughes added.
Mr Van Tran is described as 5ft 5in and was wearing a black Puffa-style jacket, striped polo shirt, grey tracksuit bottoms and white Adidas trainers.
Police want Mr Van Tran’s family to contact the British Embassy in Vietnam.
Anyone with information can contact South Wales Police, or Crimestoppersanonymously.