Ontario Provincial Police say a man found dead in a ditch on the side of Highway 17 last Friday was from Elliot Lake, Ont.

Police said the deceased was found Friday morning in a ditch that lies within the community of Serpent River.

On Sunday, police identified the deceased as 44-year-oldĀ Gerard Martin Smits.

A post-mortem has been scheduled for Tuesday.

Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the man's death.