Car recovered after body found on M20 in Kent

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Image caption The major crime unit has been called in

Major crime detectives have found the car they were searching for following the discovery of a body on a motorway.

The London-bound M20 was shut for more than 20 hours after the body was found near Ashford, in Kent, just after 18:00 GMT on Tuesday.

The silver Nissan Qashqai being sought was recovered by police after a man attended a Kent police station earlier.

Officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are investigating the "unexplained" death.

Detectives said they would be interviewing the man, who may have important information relating to the incident.

They would still like to speak to anyone who may have seen the car, with the registration KY15 WWX, on the M20 between 17:30 and 18:30.

Det Ch Insp Richard Vickery also appealed for motorists who had dashcam footage taken between junctions 10 and 9 at those times to come forward.

"I would also ask motorists who used the M20 after 18:00 on Tuesday to contact us if they believe they experienced anything unusual whilst driving and check their cars for signs of a collision," he said.

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Image caption The carriageway was closed for more than 20 hours after the body was found on Tuesday evening

Long traffic queues built up in the area during the closure of the M20, which serves the Channel Tunnel and the Dover ports.

Ferry company P&O urged passengers to use alternative routes and Eurotunnel was giving people a two-hour window to board after their allotted departure time.

Travel reports said police had to wait for daylight to carry out their investigations.

A large green screen was put up where the body was found, as forensics officers examined the road surface.

Earlier, the coast-bound carriageway was also closed on the same section of motorway after a crash involving five cars and a lorry in which two people were injured.

A 42-year-old man who was driving the lorry has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and remains in police custody.

The stretch of motorway was closed to all traffic for several hours.

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