Police confirm man found dead in Coolangatta unit had “signs of injury”

POLICE are still working to determine how a man who was found dead in his Coolangatta unit died.

Edward James Lockyer, 46, was found dead in his locked unit on Dixon Street on Thursday morning after a friend called police, concerned about his welfare.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Gold Coast Detective Inspector Marc Hogan said Mr Lockyer was a pensioner who lived alone in the unit and confirmed investigators were treating his death as a homicide.


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It remains unclear exactly how or when Mr Lockyer died, however, Detective Inspector Hogan said it was likely to have occurred sometime around Monday.

“It’s hard for us to determine the cause of death [but] there are certainly signs of injury,” he said.

“We step back at this stage and allow the forensic professionals to get in there and let us know.

“We’re moving towards trying to establish what exactly happened.”

Queensland Police are being assisted by investigators from the NSW Police Force as Mr Lockyer’s Dixon Street unit sits on the state border.

An extensive crime scene has been established and is expected to remain in place for “several days”.

Detective Inspector Hogan said the crime scene was “very involved.”

“We’re not leaving soon because of the complexity of the crime scene,” he said.

Mr Lockyer is believed to have lived in the Dixon Street unit for eight years and leaves behind an elderly mother and an adult daughter.

“We are determined to work out what went on here,” Detective Inspector Hogan said.

“We’d like to bring closure to the family and those left behind.

“This person doesn’t appear to us to have been involved in anything other than living the life as every one of us is.”

Police are pleading with anyone who may have any information that could assist with their investigations to come forward and call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

– Additional reporting by Jaydan Duck

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