Australia Australia - Male, 50+, Asian appearance, Campsie, Sydney, April 2018

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  1. Elainera

    Elainera Well-Known Member

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    The mystery dead man found with only one clue

    His body was found just as the sun was rising over Beamish Street in Campsie, a mostly working-class suburb.

    The man, aged over 50 and "of Asian appearance", had died of an apparent suicide outside a unit block, authorities said. He had no wallet, phone or documents of any kind.

    The only clue to his life was an electronic transport card found in his pocket.

    The Sydney-wide Opal card is sometimes used by police to help identify deceased people. Opal cards are normally registered to a home or email address, and linked to a bank account.

    This one, however, was unregistered. Adding to the puzzle, the card had been topped up with cash in a location that did not have security cameras.

    What is known is that the man's trips always began or ended at a bus stop known as "Dan's Corner", not far from where his body was later found.

    His final bus journey, on 10 April, took him only about 250m (800 feet). It ended at a stop outside an Asian grocery store.

    Police made appeals in Chinese-language media in Sydney, but no-one came forward.

    A post-mortem revealed that he was most likely suffering from multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer known to cause excruciating pain.

    The conclusion was based on the discovery of lesions in the man's leg bones. He had also been taking non-toxic levels of paracetamol.

    He was suspected of being an "unlawful non-citizen" - a term used to describe migrants without legal status in Australia.

    Police said they were still looking for clues to the dead man's identity.

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    More about the lives of Australia's "unlawful non-citizens" in the article. Sounds very lonely.
     


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    Elainera Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for posting this symbah!

    The report states his height at 1.70 m but no weight. It only says "medium build". My mother had lytic bone lesions due to cancer and she had lost weight rapidly over the last six months of her life. So I wonder if he did too. My mother was also in a lot of pain and paracetamol certainly didn't help at all. In the end she got opiates, NSAID's, plus medical marijuana, and she was quite out of it but at last pain free. So I feel sure this poor man did not receive professional help and I assume that he killed himself because of the relentless and strong pain bone metastases bring. Before my mom got the strong pain medication she often said she only wants to die. He might have felt the same.

    I'm surprised they don't have any photos to share with the public, or at least a drawing based on autopsy photos. Or photos from his clothes? Puzzling that this wasn't done. A drawing and the clothes might have been recognized by someone in the area. It seems he used the bus on a regular basis, someone must remember him? Do they not have cameras in the buses?

    He must have had some form of income to pay for food, accomodation, and transport. Did he work in the area? Puzzling that nobody responded to the appeals.
     
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    I’m so sorry for the loss of your Mum, @Elainera.
     
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    Thank you Bohemian!
     
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