The body washed ashore in Sandy Bay on Tuesday. (Photo: Facebook)

Police are investigating the death of a man whose decomposing body washed ashore in Sandy Bay Tuesday morning.

Relatives are said to have identified the man as a resident of Orange Hill.

The circumstances surrounding his death are not yet clear and iWitness News has so far been unable to verify whether the man had been missing.

A large crowd gathered in the area, which has been cordoned off by Police as they process the scene.