The body of a dead father-of-three was driven around for several days before it was discovered.
The corpse sat in the back of a blue Holden Commodore station wagon as it drove around Geelong’s North Shore before it was found on Sunday morning, according to Victoria Police.
A friend told the Herald Sun the 41-year-old man had made an unusual request before he died.
The body of a dead father-of-three was driven around for several days before it was discovered
The corpse sat in the back of a blue Holden Commodore station wagon as it drove around Geelong’s North Shore before it was found on Sunday morning
‘It was only a couple of weeks ago he texted me needing a few dollars. I gave him what I had, which wasn’t much,’ the man said.
‘I thought it was strange when he asked but I didn’t question him. I did ask him if everything was all right. He sort of brushed me off with “nah not really, but all good”.’
Friends said they were concerned about the man who had been selling his things and asking for money.
His niece posted a message on Facebook saying she ‘will not be able to rest until whoever has done this is brought to justice’.
The man was known to police and was scheduled to appear in court in May.
Police were responding to reports of a burglary at a Seaforth Street in the industrial area suburb of North Shore just after 11am on Sunday.
They stumbled across the grim discovery of a body in the boot of a parked vehicle on nearby Sea Breeze Parade during their search of the neighbourhood.
The body has since been identified as a 41-year-old North Shore man.
‘His death is being treated as suspicious,’ a Victoria Police statement said.
‘Detectives believe the blue VT Holden Commodore containing the body had been moved during the past week and was not consistently in the same location.’
The Victoria Police helicopter (pictured) and dog squad were at the crime scene on Sunday
Friends of the man told The Age he was estranged from his wife and family.
The VT Holden Commodore was covered by a tent for most of Sunday and removed from the scene on Monday morning, the Geelong Advertiser reports.
Uniformed officers were at the scene on Monday interviewing residents and business owners while forensic officers scoured three industrial sheds located on Seaforth Street for evidence.
Police could not say if another person had been in the car when it was found or if they were hunting any suspects, according to the publication.
Homicide detectives have appealed for anyone who saw the vehicle in the North Shore area recently to come forward.
Homicide detectives from Victoria Police are investigating the discovery of a body on Seaforth Street in the industrial Geelong suburb of North Shore on Sunday morning