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UK tourist found dead near Great Ocean Rd

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The body of a British traveller has been found near Victoria’s Great Ocean Road after the backpacker disappeared over the weekend.


Police said the body was recovered in a creek  just over a kilometre from the campsite where the UK man, Aslan King, was last seen on Saturday.


According to the ABC, Port Campbell Surf Life Saving Club volunteers found the body of the 25-year-old, who had apparently experienced a medical episode while camping with four other British friends on the morning he went missing.


Police sergeant Danny Brown said emergency services had thrown “absolutely everything at this search”.


"A mother and father have lost a son, friends have lost a friend and it is not the result we were hoping for but it is a result all the same and it is closure and I think closure is really important," he said.


"As parents, I am a parent, we all want to know where our kids are, at least Aslan's parents know exactly where he is and we can send him home." According to Mr Brown, the medical episode involved a fall off a chair and then a seizure. 


Friends of Mr King helped identify the body.


“They have suffered a trauma as well by losing their friend in the beginning and the worry that goes with that," Brown said.


"And now to have two friends formally identify one of their own, one of their good close friends and they have been friends for a lot of years, is traumatic on its own."



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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 26 November 2019

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