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Death in Paradise

Bali Police Investigate Mysterious Death of Australian Tourist

(6/24/2012) A 35-year-old Australian man found dead in a field in South Kuta on Thursday, June 21, 2012, has Bali police investigating suspicions that the dead man was a victim of foul play. Mark Ovenden (35) from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, was believed to be staying on Poppies Lane in Kuta prior to his death.

As reported by the Jakarta Globe and Radar Bali, The man’s body was found on Thursday at around 10:00 am by a local villager foraging for feed for his cows.

Ovenden’s shirtless body showed signed of contusions to his face, neck, chest and stomach with initial forensic examination pointing to homicide by strangulation. In efforts to understand what actually happened to the Australian, police are interviewing 12 people in search of further clues and to reconstruct his time-line while I Bali.

When Ovenden’s body was found, he carried a wallet containing Rp. 600,000 (US$64.50) in cash. A Honda motorcycle was found near the body, possibly rented or lent to the dead Australia.

Police are now postulating that the man may have been killed in another location and dumped in the field where Oveden’s body was found. Sources say this theory is supported by the fact that there was no supporting evidence near the body showing signs of a struggle or execution.

Police continue to intensively investigate the man’s death.