At around 6.40am on Thursday May 13, police in West Yorkshire attended reports of a body found off Pike End Road in Rishworth, Calderdale.
Police have confirmed the body is that of 29-year-old Rhys Thompson from the Moss Side area of Manchester.
Officers believe his death may be linked to a disturbance on Delaunays Road, Crumpsall, at around 3.40am on the same day.
It is believed that Rhys and his three friends were involved in the disturbance with another group of men before Rhys's body was found three hours later in Rishworth.
A post-mortem has established that he died of serious head injuries caused by a weapon.
Police believe these injuries occurred in the Greater Manchester area.
Paying tribute to Rhys, his family said: "Our beloved son, Rhys Thompson, was our everything.
"A sweet, funny, warm-hearted man, a fantastic brother, devoted father, loving boyfriend and respectful loyal friend.
"Rhys had the biggest heart and loved his family and friends dearly. He would always help when he could, he was a beautiful soul. We all miss him terribly; he did not deserve to be taken so soon.
"We are heartbroken; his loss will change our lives forever. We cannot imagine a future without him."
Detectives have so far arrested four men on suspicion of murder who were spoken to in custody on Sunday May 16.
They have since been released under investigation.
Superintendent Helen Critchley, of GMP's City of Manchester division, said: "This is a seriously complex investigation which involves detectives pursuing several lines of enquiry and we are making sure that we are doing all we can to get answers for Rhys's family.
"It is absolutely vital that anyone with even the slightest bit of information contacts police, particularly for members of the public in the Crumpsall area that may have heard a disturbance in the early hours of Thursday morning - this is believed to have pertinent links to the ultimate discovery of Rhys's body a few hours later in Rishworth.
"There has been an increase in police presence in the Moss Side and Crumpsall areas since this fatal attack and this will continue to take place to reassure the community.
"All our thoughts are with Rhys's family at this extremely difficult time and we are doing all we can to get them the answers as to how their loved one was so tragically taken from them."
Investigators are particularly interested to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard a disturbance in the Crumpsall area or near Pike End Road, Rishworth, in the early hours of Thursday morning.
A dedicated incident portal has been formed for anyone with information, images or video content to upload as part of the investigation.