Police in Spain were investigating the mysterious death of a man whose body was discovered inside a decorative dinosaur statue in Barcelona.

The 39-year-old’s body showed no signs of foul play, according to local authorities.

The man was trapped inside the dinosaur figure in a suburb of the Catalan city which had to be partly sawn off to allow for a crane truck to pull the body out.

Police are waiting for the results of an autopsy to determine what happened to the man, who was discovered on Saturday when a family passing by the figure noticed a foul smell and alerted the emergency services.

Local media reported that the man, who has not been named, had dropped his phone inside the statue and became trapped inside while trying to retrieve it.