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Police identify man found dead near Keilor cemetery

Michael Strike: found dead at Keilor cemetery.

Michael Strike: found dead at Keilor cemetery. Photo: Supplied

A body found propped against a tree near a cemetery in Melbourne’s north-west has been identified as Dandenong man Michael Andrew Strike.

Detectives have released an image of the 38-year-old as they try to piece together his movements in the days before his suspicious death.

Mr Strike was found on Thor Court by a person visiting the Keilor Cemetery about 11.30pm on Sunday.

Earlier this week, Superintendent Glenn Weir from North West Metro said the man, now identified as Mr Strike,  was found in a pool of blood while sitting up against a tree about two to three metres from a busy footpath.

"The male has suffered significant trauma injuries to the head, and there was a large amount of blood on and around the body," he said.

Mr Strike was found shirtless, but was otherwise clothed.

Superintendent Weir said it was a very "odd" situation, based on the location of the crime scene.

"We have a busy arterial road here, a cemetery on one side and an industrial area on the other,” he said.

A tribute published in memory of Mr Strike described him as a loved and loving son, brother and uncle. ‘‘Weep not that he has gone, But smile that he has been,’’ it read.

Anyone with information about Mr Strike’s movements between 12pm Saturday 24 May and when his body was found can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppers.com.au.

- With Caroline Zielinski

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