Mystery over death of man whose body found in Shepparton street

May 15, 2018

Police at the Maude St site yesterday morning after a man's body was found outside the Shepparton Centrelink office.

An autopsy will determine the cause of death of a man whose body was found on one of Shepparton’s busiest streets yesterday morning.

The body of the Shepparton man, 48, was discovered on Maude St, outside Centrelink, by a local resident who was out walking, and then phoned police.

Police and ambulance personnel attended just after 7am and a crime scene was established, and Maude St was closed to traffic from Ashenden and Sobraon Sts.

It is believed the man arrived at the site about 8.15pm on Sunday.

Detective acting Senior Sergeant Paul Shortis was unable to comment if the circumstances surrounding the death were suspicious, stating the investigation was in its early stages.

‘‘The cause of death at this stage is undetermined,’’ he said.

‘‘The deceased will be conveyed to the coroner’s court where an autopsy will be conducted, hopefully in the next day or so, to establish the cause.’’

Det Sen Sgt Shortis said police had received a number of calls from witnesses.

‘‘We have been contacted by a number of witnesses that did see the male lying there,’’ he said.

‘‘Obliviously at that stage they just thought he was asleep.

‘‘We believe he had been in Shepparton for a number of weeks and he left his unit yesterday afternoon and walked to that location.’’

Police are working to determine whether the man went to other places before arriving at the scene.

Crime Investigation Unit detectives assessed the scene and surrounding areas, reviewing footage from the Centrelink cameras and the Safer City Camera Network.

Forensic and homicide squads from Melbourne were also notified of the death.

Centrelink was closed to customers until just after noon when the area was reopened to traffic.

Det Sen Sgt Shortis urged anyone with information to contact the police.

‘‘If anyone did happen to see him, we do urge them to contact the Shepparton police station or Crime Stoppers.’’

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