Body Remains Found in Storage Unit in ‘Long-Term Decomposition’ in Melbourne
Melbourne police are investigating after remains of a body were found on July 13. They had been wrapped in plastic and stuffed inside a wheelie bin, in a storage warehouse in the City’s southeast.
The Total Self Storage on Milage St in Oakleigh South was sold several months ago and was being cleaned out by new owners. Anton Hillemacher, one of the workers clearing out the warehouse, described the discovery.
“I’ve looked in this container and there’s a wheelie bin in there and it had a strap around it, a couple of straps,” he told the ABC. “I’ve cut the straps and the lid’s fallen open, and it seemed like there was grass clippings in there, mouldy stuff.”
Suspected human remains found inside a self storage warehouse in Milgate St, Oakleigh. Nearby worker says a worker from the warehouse said it was wrapped in plastic. Homicide Squad detectives, forensic police and SES on scene. pic.twitter.com/onP75N1Fda
— Paul Dowsley (@pauldowsley7) July 13, 2018
After he and other workers started scraping away at the dirt and straw, they found a boot.
“I saw what looked like a foot in a sock in there,” he said, adding that the sock appeared to be pink. However, the gender of the body is yet to be confirmed.
Police were called to the scene soon after 11 a.m., Friday.
A worker tasked with emptying this storage facility in Oakleigh South has told us of the moment they discovered human remains inside a wheelie bin. He estimates the bin has been stored there for 18 years @tennewsmelb 5PM pic.twitter.com/lEBsjmXMT0
— Candice Wyatt (@CandiceWyatt10) July 13, 2018
Detective Senior Sergeant Pixie Fuhmeister said, “We are determining the matter as suspicious at the moment and it is very early days,” news.com.au reported. “What we are looking at is long-term decomposition of the body.”
She said that the remains may have laid there for more than 15 years.
According to police, the identity of the body is a mystery. However, they will check cold cases and missing persons registers for leads.
OAKLEIGH: human remains found in a storage unit… I’m told a worker found a wheelie bin, tipped it over, found a boot and realised it was attached to human remains.@9NewsMelb pic.twitter.com/V9aJK7OfKX
— Alexis Daish (@LexiDaish) July 13, 2018
A section of the street where the remains were found is currently cordoned off. Homicide Squad detectives are expected to be there for several days.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.