Call for Information – Fatal – Mataranka – Update #2

Northern Territory Police continue to investigate the death of a man in Mataranka on Thursday evening and are again appealing to the public for information.

The body of the 29-year-old was found in the truck parking area adjacent to the Stuart Highway opposite the Mataranka Hotel about 6pm, Northern Territory Police say.

To date, police have received limited information from the public following the incident. Investigators are currently reviewing CCTV from numerous locations in Mataranka to identify all vehicles travelling through the township.

“The deceased man was run over by a vehicle in the truck parking area,” said Detective Acting Superintendent Brendan Lindner.

“At present we cannot rule out any vehicle, however the likelihood is that the vehicle was a truck. It is a distinct possibility that the driver of the vehicle is unaware the man was run over.

“We ask anyone who was travelling through Mataranka around 6pm on Thursday evening to contact police. Any motorists travelling on the Stuart Highway north or south of Mataranka around this time who have dash-cam footage are urged to call police.

“We wish to speak with all motorists, particularly truck drivers, who used the truck parking area in Mataranka opposite the Mataranka Hotel between midday and 6.15pm. Please contact police on 131 444 so we can exclude you from our enquiries.

“We also seek to speak to anyone present at the Mataranka Hotel around this time who may have witnessed the incident or who can assist detectives establish the movements of the deceased in the hours prior to the incident.

“The deceased is described as a very short and slim indigenous man. He was wearing blue track suit pants, a blue and yellow singlet with the number 35 on it and wearing a blue and black baseball cap.”

Anyone with information, dash-cam footage or who was in the area at the time is asked to contact 131 444 or Crime Stoppers.

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