A man's body was found in bushes beside a busy city crossroads yesterday afternoon.
Passers-by spotted the body at the Corner House crossroads on the A1058 Coast Road in Heaton, Newcastle, at around 1pm.
The dead man had not been identified last night.
The people who made the grim discovery called police, who cordoned off the area on the north side of the coast road opposite the Corner House pub and the People's Theatre.
Officers said that the death had occurred in "unexplained circumstances" but that it was not being treated as suspicious.
The body was transferred to the mortuary, and police were last night trying to identify the man and trace his family.
A police spokeswoman said: "At 1pm a member of the public contacted Northumbria Police after they had seen what was believed to be a dead body. Inquiries are at their very early stages but this death is not being treated as suspicious at this time."
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0845 604-3043.