After a four-day search, police have found the body of British tourist, Aslan King, in a creek near Victoria’s Great Ocean Road.
The 25-year-old backpacker was last seen at 2am on Saturday, during a camping trip with four friends at Old Coach Road at Princetown, before he disappeared into bushland. Prior to vanishing, King reportedly suffered a seizure which caused him to hit his head.
The illustrator had only been in Australia for two weeks prior to this incident, and had plans on relocating from Brighton, on England’s South Coast.
A body in a creek.
King’s body was discovered at about 10.15am on Tuesday at Princetown near the Twelve Apostles, about a kilometre from his Victorian campsite.
It took police hours to formally identify the body as King’s, with help from his friends.
Speaking to media, Sergeant Danny Brown expressed his condolences to King’s family and friends.
“A mother and father have lost a son, friends have lost a friend and it is not the result we were hoping for but it is a result all the same and it is closure and I think closure is really important,” he said.
“They have suffered a trauma as well by losing their friend in the beginning and the worry that goes with that.
“And now to have two friends formally identify one of their own, one of their good close friends and they have been friends for a lot of years, is traumatic on its own.”
— Sian Johnson (@sianmjohnson) November 26, 2019
A suspected seizure.
According to his friends, King was at a campsite when he ‘fell back on his chair,’ and had what police described as a “medical episode”.
“That’s the information we had at the very beginning, that he had fallen back on his chair, he had some sort of medical episode, going stiff and having some sort of seizure type thing and with that he has come to, jumped up and just taken off,” said Sgt Brown.
From the beginning of the search authorities were clear that they didn’t suspect “foul play”, however police did consider the possibility that King had hitch-hiked back to Melbourne, reports 9News.
Australian police say they have found a man’s body in their search for missing British man Aslan King, an illustrator from Brighton.https://t.co/HxVASowSAS
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