LATEST: The body of a paparazzo facing battery charges in an incident involving actress Reese Witherspoon has been positively identified by the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.

Coroners have confirmed the decomposed body they found in Brentwood, California, earlier this month (FEB06) was that of snapper TODD KEVIN WALLACE.

The cause of death will be announced following toxicology tests.

An issue for the 44-year-old photographer's arrest was issued in December (05) after he failed to show up for a bail hearing, relating to charges in the Witherspoon incident.

The photographer allegedly became angry when Witherspoon and her friends declined to be photographed last September (05) at a children's amusement park.

Prosecutors in the case claim Wallace became aggressive, striking a five-year-old girl with his camera, and shoving two park employees out of the way.

Authorities had been searching for Wallace for two months and feared he had fled the country.