The body of a man who lay dead for up to 48 hours in a car in an industrial part of Geelong has been identified as a 41-year-old local father.
Homicide Squad detectives are treating the death as suspicious and investigating whether the body had been moved.
Police responding to a suspected burglary found the man's body in the rear of a Holden Commodore station wagon left parked in grassland in the Geelong suburb of North Shore on Sunday.
It is thought the vehicle may have been in the area since Friday.
“A search of the nearby area uncovered the body of a 41-year-old North Shore man in a parked vehicle on Sea Breeze Parade. His death is being treated as suspicious,” Victoria Police spokeswoman Natalie Webster said.
“Detectives believe the blue VT Holden Commodore containing the body had been moved during the past week and was not consistently parked in the same location.
“They are appealing for anyone who saw the vehicle in the North Shore area recently to come forward.”
Friends of the man said he was estranged from his wife and family.
Witnesses said police were chasing a suspected burglar seen hiding in neighbouring front yards before the grisly find.
Forensic officers were later seen removing a suitcase and rug from the vehicle’s boot.
A traditionally industrial sector of Geelong, North Shore sits on the city’s north-east side of Corio Bay with only small pockets of residential homes.
A popular spot among fishermen, it backs onto the Geelong Refinery and Incitec Pivot.
Anyone with information on the latest death is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Erin covers crime for The Age. Most recently she was a police reporter at the Geelong Advertiser.
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