Police sealed off woodland near to Otley after a man was found hanged from a tree.
After being alerted by a passer-by police officers found the man at the site off York Gate, Otley, shortly after 7am on Thursday.
Detectives and forensic experts carried out a detailed examination of the scene.
There were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of the 59-year-old local man and the death has been reported to the Coroner.
A car believed to belong to the man was later recovered nearby.
It is expected an inquest will be opened in due course into the death.