Police investigating after 20yo man’s body found with violent injuries on Cairns road during party
Police are still investigating how a 20-year-old man ended up in the middle of a road in Cairns in far north Queensland with violent injuries, as a party raged on nearby.
- The man’s body was found by police just after 4am
- Officers had been called to the party on several occasions earlier
- A post-mortem examination will be carried out to determine how he suffered the injuries
Officers were called to the party in the suburb of Manunda several times last night, where approximately 10 to 15 people were gathered, before finding a badly injured man who had been at the party lying in the street just after 4:00am.
Police tried to resuscitate the man but he was declared dead at the scene.
Officers are now interviewing partygoers who they say had been shocked by the traumatic event.
Detective Senior Sergeant Ed Kinbacher said it was not clear how the man died but investigations would look at whether he was hit by a car.
“It appears some form of violence has occurred, the cause we don’t know. It’s simply too early,” Sergeant Kinbacher said.
“It’s probable that a post-mortem [examination] will be conducted in Brisbane tomorrow and we’ll have more information then.”
Sergeant Kinbacher said police were called to the party to address another matter before finding the man.
“It was a chance discovery by police,” he said.
A post-mortem examination will help police determine how the man died. (ABC News: Eric Barker)
Police said there were people coming and going from the party and celebrations were still happening when officers came across the badly injured man.
“It’s an open question, we have a young man deceased on the roadway and how he’s come to suffer those injuries we don’t know [but] that will unfold,” Sergeant Kinbacher said.
“Until the post-mortem is conducted we’ll be working in the dark to some degree and relying on witness testimony we can gather.
“It’s stressful for the family. There was certainly a significant amount of pain and suffering of the people who knew this young man who were there — it’s very sad.”
Police are urging anyone with more information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.