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Vic PARK ORCHARDS JOHN DOE: Asian Male, found in Melbourne, Vic - Jan 2009 - Unique tattoo

Discussion in 'Australia: Missing & Unidentified' started by Kimster, Jan 12, 2016.

  1. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    A Victorian coroner has been unable to identify or determine the cause of death of a man with a distinctive tattoo, despite an extensive police and coronial investigation lasting six years.

    In January 2009, a couple walking their dog in North Valley Road in Park Orchards spotted a body wrapped in bedding and plastic hidden under broken branches.

    Forensic investigations determined it was the body of an Asian man, aged 35-50 who had suffered chopping and incision wounds to the head, chest and limbs, and also numerous fractures.

    Coroner Rosemary Carlin ruled that the unknown man's death was likely to be unlawful, but she was unable to determine the cause or the circumstances of his death.

    "He died at an unknown location, of an unknown cause," Ms Carlin said in handing down her findings.

    He was likely to have died in mid December 2008 but he has not been identified, despite having an intricate tattoo of an eagle and a tiger covering his back.

    Investigators canvassed Australian tattoo artists but none recognised the tattoo.

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  2. MissyMoo

    MissyMoo Bronze Member

    No one missing him makes this even sadder.
    I feel sorry for the people who stumble across the deceased as well, just minding their own business and then THAT :(
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  3. MissyMoo

    MissyMoo Bronze Member

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    MULDER Bronze Member

    From the ABCNews article:

    11th Jan 2016

    Identity of man with distinctive tattoo found dead in 2009 remains a mystery: coroner

    They also tried to trace the clothes, eyeglasses and jewellery found with the body - including a diamond stud earring and a diamond hoop earring - but that failed to offer any clues.
    In 2013 they undertook a cranial reconstruction and distributed images in the media, and while it was not heard in court police at the time said they believed he may have been the victim of a contract killing.
    "Despite extensive efforts .. [investigators have been] unable to ascertain the identity of the male," the coroner said.
    He was found carrying a telephone handset and cigarettes.
    The phone was too damaged to be of assistance in the investigation.
    The cigarettes were not available in Australia and were found to have been made in Indonesia, and had been distributed in Singapore, as well as south and central Sumatra.
    "The cigarettes were an illegal import or were carried by the traveller," Ms Carlin said in her findings.
    The police investigation is "ongoing and open".

    The body will be stored for 10 years before it is buried in the hopes some information comes forward.

    in 2013 the ABC report said:

    Unidentified body may be contract killing victim

    Updated 11 Jan 2013, 3:01pm
    Victorian police say a man found dead on a vacant block in Melbourne's north-east four years ago may have been the victim of a contract killing.
    The body of the Asian man was found under tree branches on a vacant lot in North Valley road, Park Orchards, in January 2009.
    "This man had an extremely distinctive tattoo of a large eagle swooping over a roaring tiger that covers the majority of his back," he said.

    "It's not the hallmarks of a domestic violence situation.
    "It's either a contracted killing or something to do with the illegal drug market."
    Detective Inspector Potter says the man was bludgeoned to death.
    "We're working on the supposition that his death was somewhere else and that he was taken there probably in a car, and dumped on that vacant block."

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    MULDER Bronze Member

    The tattoo looks unfinished to me...
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    MULDER Bronze Member

    I wish the tattoo was clearer or there had been a picture/drawing made of the tattoo that showed the detail.
    spike likes this.

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