Police probe ‘suspicious’ death of vagrant

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The Homicide Unit and Criminal Investigations Department (CID) are probing the “suspicious” death of a vagrant whose partially decomposed body was discovered in an abandoned building on Redcliffe and Temple streets yesterday morning.
A source close to the matter said there was blood on the scene including on the back of the man’s head and injuries suggesting that “he had an encounter with someone”.
The discovery of the body was made around 7 am yesterday after a cook shop worker and a car washer went to investigate the source of the stench that was permeating the area west of State Insurance Corporation, a source said.
The deceased was clad in a pair of three-quarter length pants and a dark coloured shirt, another source said.
Witnesses on the scene said the deceased was one of the homeless men who usually sat outside Ceco Pharmacy on High Street and sometimes he’s seen roaming outside of the shops on Temple Street.
However, they said they did not know his name.
The police had not released his name up to the time of going to press last evening, and sources said that’s because there has not been any positive identification.
One man who works in the area told OBSERVER media that the odour attracted his attention since Monday, but he said he did not believe it was that of a dead human.
 “The smell was too strong, I really couldn’t go in further. The body was on the floor and there’s a lot of rubbish in there, it looks like he was living in there,” the witness said.
(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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