Police have launched a murder investigation into the death of 26-year-old Jamie McMahon after his body was found in St Giles churchyard on Wednesday morning.
The body of Mr McMahon, of Abbey Road, Far Cotton, Northampton, was discovered yesterday in the grounds of St Giles’ Church in the town centre following a call from a member of the public at 7.45am.
A forensic post mortem took place on Wednesday at Leicester Royal Infirmary. Police have said the cause of death remains “unclear”, and further tests are due to be conducted.
Detective Chief Inspector Tom Davies, who is leading the investigation, said: “Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Jamie.
“We are in the very early stages of this investigation. We know that Jamie was in the town centre on the night he died and visited some of the local clubs.
“He was last seen alive in the area of York Road around 2am on Wednesday and was wearing a dark coloured hoodie, jeans and trainers.
“The motive for the attack on Jamie is unclear, but there is a possibility that the motive may have been robbery.
“We want to speak with anyone who was with Jamie, or saw him in the hours before his death. We would urge anyone with any information to contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Tributes have been paid online to Mr McMahon on social networking site Facebook.
One person said: “So tragic. My thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends at this sad time.”
Another wrote: “Rest in peace Jamie McMahon my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.”