THE man found dead at Boundary Bend on Friday was a foreign national in Australia unlawfully, police say.
The Boundary Bend toilet block where the man’s body was found.
Lead investigator on the case, Robinvale police Detective Senior Constable Matt Pascoe, said the man died from a treatable medical condition and it was possible a labour-hire contractor had placed him at the site where he was located.
A contract cleaner raised the alarm after finding the body in a public toilet block on the Murray Valley Highway about 9am that day.
“It is a possible scenario and it is certainly an avenue of inquiry we’re following up on,” Det Sen-Constable Pascoe said.
“As part of a broader appeal … (we are also talking to) farmers and other residents in the local area as well as Robinvale, Mildura and Swan Hill, saying, ‘Do you know of or are you aware of someone who has gone missing, who hasn’t turned up for work, who may have been suffering an undiagnosed medical condition?’
“Anything’s possible and it’s important not to makeassumptions when investigating a matter like this.”
Police worked with Australian Border Force to identify the man as a 47-year-old Asian man using his finger prints, but say they have been unable to determine his country of origin and will not release his name until they are able to contact and notify his family.
It is still believed the man did not die at the toilet block where he was found, and the investigation is focused on determining how he ended up there after dying at another place.
Police would not comment on the medical condition which killed the man, but said it was likely he was “a very sick man for some period of time”.
“The cause of death is not suspicious, but the circumstances as to the body being placed at the toilet block is obviously subject to criminal offences under the Coroner’s Act other Acts we’re looking at,” Det Sen-Constable Pascoe said.
“We’ll be endeavouring to determine who was responsible for placing the body there.”
A hostel operator in Mildura said the region was “crawling with” thousands of illegal foreign workers who were “petrified” of being discovered by authorities.
The operator appealed to immigration authorities, who have conducted raids in Sunraysia at least three times in the past year and deported dozens of illegal foreign workers, to target the region and its labour-hire contractors “more often”.
Border Force was yesterday unable to comment on the case.
Police are appealing for information from the public to help provide answers.
“Inquiries so far reveal, we believe, that he was placed there somewhere between 8.30am and 9am,” Det Sen-Constable Pascoe said.
“It was daylight, it’s a very busy road and we are confident someone would have seen a vehicle parked there in that area in that time frame.
“Any people travelling to work at that time, between Swan Hill and Robinvale, we are asking them to make contact – even if they didn’t see anything … they could narrow down that time frame.”
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