Major crime detectives in South Australia are treating the death of a 46-year-old man in Adelaide’s northern suburbs as a murder.
Police located the man’s body after conducting a welfare check at an address in Para Vista on Friday afternoon.
Detectives say the man was seriously assaulted and that it likely occurred late on Monday night or in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
“This man appears to have been the victim of a significant assault,” said South Australia Police Detective Inspector Billy Thompson.
“From our investigations it is clear that the property was being used as a cannabis grow-house. There was one room that was set up hydroponically and that contained a number of seedlings and the other room was also setup hydroponically with more mature plants.”
Police say the attacker or attackers took the cannabis from the property, loaded it into the victim’s car and fled the scene.
“This house appears to have been targeted specifically because there was cannabis at the property,” Det. Insp. Thompson said. He would not go into details of the injuries the man sustained or provide his identity, with relatives still being notified.
Detectives released pictures of the man’s car, a grey 2006 Mazda 2 with registration XLU 131, appealing for anyone who saw the vehicle to come forward.
“We’re interested in them movements of that vehicle from when it was taken which we believe was around midnight in the early hours of Tuesday morning until it was recovered by police a short time later quite close by at about 1am in a neighbouring suburb.”
Police say the man was not an Australian citizen and that he had been living at the address for around six months.
Anyone with information is being urged to contact Crimestoppers.