11 December 2012

Witnesses still needed for Lake Tuggeranong death

| johnboy
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In an effort to identify potential witnesses, ACT Policing is releasing a description of a man found deceased in Lake Tuggeranong on Thursday (December 6).

Around 12.55pm police were called to the shore of the lake near Soward Way after a member of the public saw a person unconscious in the water.

A 68-year-old man was recovered from the lake by ACT Fire and Rescue and was transported to The Canberra Hospital by ACT Ambulance Service. He later died in hospital.

ACT Policing is hoping the release a description of the deceased and a rough timeline of where he was prior to the incident may jog memories.

Police believe the deceased got off a bus at the Tuggeranong Bus Interchange around 12.35pm.

He walked past La Porchetta on Anketell Street and was seen by a witness standing by the lake edge at around 12.45pm.

The deceased is described as 170cm (5’7”) tall with grey hair and an average build. He was wearing a blue and white checked shirt, grey shorts, and brown sandals. He also was wearing a distinctive black shoulder sling, with a small red ball attached to the end of it.

A witness saw a young man running under the Soward Way Bridge around the time the man was thought to have entered the lake.

He ran past her car and up towards the stairs onto Soward Way.

Police are asking this person to come forward and speak to police as he may have been the last person to see the deceased prior to the incident.

The young man is described as Caucasian in appearance, about 165cm tall, with short messy dark hair, he was wearing a peach coloured top, dark shoes and black shorts.

Anyone who may be able to assist with the investigation and is yet to speak to police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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