Mystery surrounds the violent death of an Aussie surfer whose body was found with cuts, bruises and a cracked skull on a Bali beach – as his family refuse police requests to carry out an autopsy
- Family of Perth surfer whose body was found on a Bali beach refuse autopsy
- Police say there are injuries including a skull fracture caused by blunt trauma
- Authorities want to do an autopsy but cannot without the family’s permission
Mystery still surrounds the death of an Australian man on a Bali beach after his family refused to allow an autopsy.
Police said the investigation is ongoing and there are signs of abrasions, bruises and a base skull fracture caused by blunt trauma.
The lifeless body of former Perth man Taras Mulik was found on a Bali beach on January 11.
Perth surfer Taras Mulik, 50, (pictured) had been living in Bali when he was found. Mystery surrounds why his head showed signs of a base skull fracture caused by blunt trauma
The body of Mr Mulik, a father-of-two, was discovered by a surfer lying face down under some stairs leading to Suluban Beach, South Kuta
Mr Mulik rented a house not far from where his battered body was found in South Kuta
Authorities at the scene where Mr Mulik’s lifeless body was found face-down on Suluban beach
While police have not ruled out foul play they say the cause of death has not been identified. The 50-year-old had been living in Bali, had a young family and was well known in the community where his body was found.
Police had requested an autopsy but it cannot be carried out without the family’s permission.
His body meanwhile remains at the Sanglah hospital morgue.
Denpasar police spokesman Ketut Sukadi told AAP the family had rejected the police request for an autopsy.
A medical report says the victim had suffered a series of abrasions to his face, head, chest and arms.
It says there are abrasions, bruises and signs of a base skull fracture caused by blunt violence. There were also signs of submersion in water.
‘The cause of the death cannot be found as the autopsy was not conducted,’ a report from the Sanglah morgue forensic team states.
Mr Mulik’s body pictured being carried from the beach by lifeguards and police
Family and friends farewell the popular surfer from Perth whose body was found in Bali
Mr Mulik’s body was found about 8.30am, facedown on Suluban beach.
One witness has told police that he last saw Mr Mulik about 9pm the previous evening in front of the villa he shared with his girlfriend.
It is understood that Mr Mulik’s girlfriend has told police she last saw him about 8pm the night before. Later, at 11pm, she woke and found he was not at the villa. Then, when she woke about 9am the next day, Mr Mulik was also not home.
She went searching for him at the beach with no luck and later learned his body had been found.