A BODY has been found washed up on a beach in Melbourne's southeast this morning.
Detectives have now begun a major investigation after the horrific discovery near Beach Rd in Parkdale, 23km southeast of the city.
When emergency crews arrived at the scene, they discovered the body - understood to be a man's - on the beach foreshore shortly before 10am.
Pictures from the beach show more than a dozen detectives and police officers cordoning off the area and assembling a tent to shield the body.
Officers can also be seen taking pictures of a single pair of shoes in the sand.
The exact cause of death remains unclear and the person is yet to be formally identified.
More to come …