Mystery over Tyabb death


Pictures: Gary Sissons

UP to 40 SES volunteers were called in by Homicide Squad detectives to line search a Tyabb property for clues after a man’s body was found in a shallow grave on Sunday 22 October.

The 11.7ha property on Dandenong-Hastings Rd was recently sold, and it is believed the new owner found the body of the man, in his late 30s, in grass at the rear about 9pm. It is unclear how the man died but his death is being treated as suspicious.

Forensics police yesterday laid down yellow markers pointing to possible evidence found at the scene, including a black glove in the driveway. A blue tent was set up at the rear, possibly to cover the body.

A source said police were paying particular attention to a locked steel gate at the entrance to the property, known as Alden Park. It was listed for sale with L Cooper Real Estate, Somerville.

A sales board on the fence says the property is “ideally suited for hobby farmer/horse enthusiast or horticulture production with a myriad (sic) of opportunity’s (sic) for the right buyer; includes large dam.

“Prominently located with main road frontage, which would make a fabulous investment for now and in the future.

“Renovate, detonate or build your dream home and capitalise on this wonderful opportunity this rural property has to offer.”

The rundown weatherboard house, machinery shed, steel outbuildings and dam had been vacant for about 12 months, with locals saying it had become a dumping ground.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or file a confidential report at


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