Murder Probe Launched into Australian’s Death in Bali
The Bali Police have launched a murder investigation into the death last week of an Australian man holidaying on the island.
Mark Ovenden, 34, was found dead on the side of a road in Jimbaran, southern Bali, last Thursday morning.
The police said they initially suspected Ovenden died as the result of a traffic accident, after coming off his motorbike.
But a post-mortem examination conducted at the weekend found that Ovenden died due to asphyxiation caused by a force to his neck, Dr Dudut Rustyadi, head of forensics at Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar, said.
He said the blow was probably caused by a blunt object, such as a stick.
That prompted the police to open a murder investigation on Monday. Around a dozen people have been interviewed by the police so far, but no arrests have been made.
The Bali Times understands that the police believe there may be several perpetrators involved in Ovenden’s death and that his body was moved from the scene where he died to the location in Jimbaran where he was found.
Ovenden, a surfing instructor from Woombye, near Brisbane, was in Bali for a two-week holiday when he died. He had arrived on the island on June 16, media reports in Australia said, and died five days later.