Police have arrested a man on suspicion of murder after a body was found on the M20 on Tuesday evening
Police were called to the scene at 6pm on Tuesday to investigate a body found lying in the middle of the M20 carriageway. Police had closed part of the M20, between junctions 9 and 10, after an "unexplained" death near Ashford. The body is understood to have been discovered by commuters driving home from work, and there has been no information shared about why the suspect is being charged with murder. There is no obvious explanation for how the person came to be lying in the middle of the road, and the victim remains unidentified.
The motorway was used as a link to the Channel Tunnel and ports from London, and cruiseline company P&O Ferries tweeted to warn passengers to take an alternative route to the crossing. The carriageway was closed until late Wednesday afternoon as officers combed the road for clues. Police are appealing for any possible witnesses to come forward if they think they might have seen something but are no longer looking for a silver Nissan Qashqai after a man with the vehicle attended a police station on Wednesday night. He was detained on suspicion of murder and remains in custody while officers investigate the circumstances surrounding the death.
Detective Chief Inspector Richard Vickery said: "I would still like to hear from anyone who may have seen the silver Nissan Qashqai with registration number KY15 WWX on the M20 between 5.30pm and 6.30pm on Tuesday 20 February 2018. In addition, I would like to hear from motorists who have dashcam footage taken between 5.30pm and 6.30pm on Tuesday 20 February of the M20 London-bound carriageway between junctions 10 and 9. I would also ask motorists who used the M20 after 6pm on Tuesday to contact us if they believe they experienced anything unusual whilst driving and check their cars for signs of involvement in this incident. We do not underestimate the impact that closing this stretch of the motorway had on people and I would like to thank drivers who were delayed for their patience while we ensured that all evidence was collected before the motorway was reopened."