October 23, 2023

Police investigate death of man found in school greenhouse

By Madeleine Heffernan
October 23, 2023 — 2.08pm
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Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a young man found in a school greenhouse in Melbourne’s south-east and are calling for people to share dashcam footage taken near the grounds over the weekend.

The body of the man, who police said was of African appearance and aged in his 20s or 30s, was found by a school staff member opening the gates of Lyndale Secondary College at about 7am on Monday.

Police are investigating after a man’s body was found at Lyndale Secondary College in Dandenong North.Credit: Nine News

The head of the Victoria Police Homicide Squad, Detective Inspector Dean Thomas, said investigators had yet to identify the man and determine the cause of death. It was also unclear whether he was connected to the school.

“Due to some injuries that this male has, it’s been deemed suspicious and now investigators have started to investigate and establish the circumstances surrounding the death,” he said.

“I’m appealing to anybody in the community that may have been in the area of this school any time from Friday evening from about 7:30pm through to 7am this morning.”

The college held classes as normal on Monday as police cordoned off the scene and scanned the grounds for weapons.

The man, who is yet to be identified, was found dead on the grounds of a school on Gladstone Road at 7am.Credit: Nine News

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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Madeleine Heffernan is an education reporter for The Age. She has also worked as a city reporter and a business reporter.Connect via Twitter.


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