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Death of Batemans Bay man being treated as suspicious

A Strike Force has been established as detectives continue to investigate the final movements of a man who was found lying face down in a waterway on the state’s South Coast earlier this week.

Emergency services were called to a property on Rauch Close, just off Island Point Road in St Georges Basin, shortly after 9am on Wednesday 29 April 2020, following reports the body of a man was found floating face down in the water behind the house.

Strike Force Wilkin has been established by investigators from South Coast Police District, assisted by the State Crime Command's Homicide Squad, to investigate the circumstances surrounding the man’s death, which is being treated as suspicious.

The body has been formally identified as a 32-year-old man from Batemans Bay, who was believed to be staying with relatives in the area prior to his death. Detectives are continuing to piece together the man’s final movements, and are appealing for anyone who may have had contact with the man between Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 April 2020, or who may have seen him in the area between 2am and 9am Wednesday 29 April 2020, to come forward. Investigators would also like to speak to anyone who had contact with the man in or around Idlewild Avenue, Sanctuary Point in the afternoon and evening of Tuesday 28 April 2020. The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, approximately 170cm tall, with short brown hair. He was found wearing dark pants, blue shoes and a black long sleeve shirt with circular symbols on the front and rear shoulder. Anyone with information is urged to contact South Coast police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. A report will be prepared for the information of the coroner. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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