Witnesses urged to
for help after man, 49,
dies following campground attack
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HOMICIDE Squad detectives in Victoria are
appealing for public help following the death of a
The 49-year-old man (inset left) travelled with
his dog to the Toorongo Falls campground, about
5km north-east of Noojee, on June 15 with the
intension of staying.
Police believe that on the evening of June 19 up to 25 groups were camped
at the site.
A significant number of campers left the site the following day but it is
believed about a dozen camp sites remained.
Investigators have information that the man was assaulted by other campers
sometime late on Friday evening or early Saturday morning following an
altercation, possibly relating to the man's dog.
It is believed the assault was witnessed by a
number of people.
On Saturday evening the victim and another man
drove to a hotel in Noojee.
Staff were so concerned for his condition that medical assistance was
sought, but he refused assistance and the pair
left the hotel and returned to the campsite.
On Sunday evening, they returned to the hotel
seeking medical assistance after the man had become disoriented.
Staff called for an ambulance but he died on the way to hospital.
Detective Inspector Tim Day said the assault appeared to be unprovoked and
police have information that it was witnessed by a number of people.
"We know that people witnessed the incident and those people will be able
to assist us in identifying those responsible for the assault, he said.
"We are asking for anyone who camped at the Toorongo Falls campground
between June 15 and June 22 to please contact Crime Stoppers and register
"More specifically we'd like to speak to anyone who was at the campground
over the weekend from June 19 to June 22.
"Police are also asking anyone who may have seen the victim at the Noojee
Hotel on either Saturday or Sunday evenings or witnessed the assault to
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000
or submit a confidential crime report at
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