Crime scene tape surrounds the area where a badly decomposed boy was found (courtesy KY3)

Authorities in Polk County have asked for help from the Missouri Highway Patrol in a death investigation after a man looking for scrap metal stumbled upon a badly decomposed body not far from where Highways 215 and 13 intersect about 4 p.m. today.

Sheriff Steve Bruce says it appears the body, which was discovered about 300 feet off the highway in some woods near Brighton, has been there for an extensive period.

Investigators found no identification on or around the body and medical examiners will most likely have to rely on dental records to make an identification.

A highway patrol spokesman says it doesn't appear that homicide is the cause of death at this point, but adds that officers are in the early stages of their investigation