Police Investigate deaths at Whispering Wall, South Australia

Barossa Police are investigating what is suspected to be a tragic murder/suicide at Williamstown yesterday evening.

About 4.30pm on Wednesday 21 April, police and emergency services were called to the Whispering Wall after witnesses reported seeing a man with an infant in a child carrier jump off the wall.

When patrols arrived, they found a deceased man and an infant girl who was unresponsive, being assisted and given CPR by members of the public. Paramedics arrived and continued CPR on the little girl but sadly, she died at the scene.

Detectives from Barossa CIB and Major Crime Investigation Branch, along with forensic crime scene investigators attended the scene to examine the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Although a formal identification has not yet been completed police believe the man to be Henry Shepherdson aged 38 and his daughter Kobi Shepherdson aged nine months from the Western Suburbs.

Early investigation has shown a history of domestic violence between Henry Shepherdson and the mother of Kobi. No-one else is being sought over the deaths.

Police are preparing a report for the State Coroner.

The families of both of the deceased have asked for their privacy to be respected at this sad and tragic time. Kobi’s mum has supplied four photos for the media use.

This is a highly distressing and emotional incident that has and is affecting people who witnessed this incident, those who tried to help Kobi, emergency services personnel, family and friends. We are supporting those impacted by this incident.

SAPOL encourages anyone who is experiencing family violence, or has concerns for their safety or the safety of other family members or friends, to contact police through 131 444 or Triple Zero in an emergency. Support agencies who may also be contacted include 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732), and the DV Crisis Line on 1800 800 098.


This 1st picture of Kobi in pink is her Mum’s favourite photo.




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