The man with the tiger tattoo ... Police have released computer-generated images of the victim and his distinctive tattoo. He was also wearing jewelled earrings. Photo: Supplied
Victoria Police has turned to Interpol in its latest attempt to learn the identity of an Asian man whose body was found concealed in bushland in Melbourne's north-east four years ago.
The decomposed remains of the man, who had a distinctive tattoo of a roaring tiger and swooping eagle covering most of his back, was found under tree branches at a vacant block on North Valley Road in Park Orchards on January 2, 2009.
Detectives believe the man, who would have been very slender, was murdered and his body may have been undiscovered for weeks.
Police launched a public appeal soon after the grim find, releasing photos of the tattoo and a clay bust of the man. So far, no one has been able to give police clues about who he was, prompting police to turn to overseas agencies.
Homicide Squad detectives have also re-released photos of the tattoo in the hope it will jog people's memories, particularly in Melbourne's Asian communities.
“Our detectives have been liaising with Interpol in an attempt to identify the man,” Detective Inspector John Potter said.
“This man looks Asian in appearance so we particularly appeal to those in Melbourne's Asian communities to have a look at these images."
The man's body was discovered by a former Victoria Police member who was out walking with his wife and their dog when they noticed a bad smell and investigated.
Inspector Potter said it was believed the man sustained head injuries and his body may have been lying undiscovered for several weeks.
“There must be someone out there who knows who this man is and the circumstances that have led to his death,” he said.
“It is also likely this man has family members that don't know what has happened to him and would like to lay him to rest.”
The man is believed to be aged between 25 and 40, and was between 170 and 175 centimetres tall. He would have and weighed about 48 kilograms.
At the time of his death he was wearing bright red shorts which look like board shorts and had two earrings in his left ear – a stud and hoop-style both containing diamonds.
Police said it was possible the man also had other tattoos but due to the state of decomposition when his body was discovered, only the tattoo on his back could be accurately described.