Search for vital clue in river death

The death of a man in the Murray River still has police baffled years on, especially after a ‘man of interest’ called for help, then fled in the victim’s car.

Mystery still surrounds the death of a 55-year-old man nearly six years after he was found floating fully-clothed in the Murray River near Mildura.

Terrence McCallion was found in the water by a group on-board a houseboat between Bruce’s Bend and Psyche Pumps about 3pm on May 1 in 2015.

Another man was on the river bank at the time and began yelling out for those on the houseboat to help.

The man, who is a person of interest to police, is believed to have left the scene in Terrence’s white Nissan Pulsar shortly after.

The group used a small boat to recover the Buronga man and tried CPR on him before emergency services arrived, but he died in hospital later that night.

Despite investigations, detectives are still unsure what led Terrence to enter the river that afternoon.

Police suspect he was assaulted and have spoken to the man of interest on numerous occasions since the incident.

In a statement the family said they had been left wondering what happened to Terrence and why.

“The death of a parent is never easy but the violent nature of dad’s death and the mystery surrounding it made it especially traumatic,” it said.

“Dad welcomed everyone into his home and created an extended family that he loved as his own.

“Answers will help give us much-needed closure, so we can finally move forward from the constant pain of not knowing, to remember him for who is was and what he meant to each of us.”

Mildura Crime Investigation Unit Detective Acting Sergeant Adam Brymer said police hoped the public had more details about Terrence’s earlier movements on Thursday April 30 and the morning of Friday, May 1.

“We haven’t given up on solving the case and are hopeful someone in the community is now ready to come forward with information,” he said.

“Terrence’s family have a right to know of the circumstances in which led him to his death so they can get the closure they deserve.

“No matter how small or insignificant the information may be, it could be all we need to piece together the case.”

Anyone with information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

anthony.piovesan@news.com.au

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