Forensic tests look set to be used to formally identify the man, in his 50s, found at Whisker Cottage, in Full Sutton, last Thursday.
There is no apparent motive for his murder and officers are appealing for information about visitors to the property in recent weeks.
Det Chief Insp Alistair McFarlane said: “It is not clear at present when the victim died and it is likely that forensic tests will be required to establish the identity of the man.
“We are concentrating our efforts in trying to establish information about visitors and vehicles attending the property in the preceding weeks and have had an encouraging response from the local community.”
Resident Claire Findley said: “He lived on his own I think and I don’t know if he had any family. There have been a lot of police around. “Nothing really ever happens here, it’s a quiet village.”