Sleeping bag man was murdered: private eye
KARL Robert Wright was found dead, bound and gagged.
While police and the Deputy State Coroner say his death was not at the hands of another, private investigator Bob Munt believes the Dulong man was murdered.
Mr Wright, 43, was found in a sleeping bag in a locked shed at his Dulong home at 9.30am on Monday, July 29, last year.
His body was found inside a zipped-up sleeping bag, on top of a foam mattress on the shed floor.
He was positioned within the sleeping bag so his head was facing the feet-end of the bag.
He was found wearing a heavy ski vest, ski jacket, rain jacket, hooded jacket, sloppy joe and a t-shirt as well as long black ski pants, green track pants, underwear and two pairs of thick socks.
Mr Wright's hands were zip-tied together at the wrists, while his lower legs had been fastened with strips of material.
Glad wrap and fabric were wrapped around his mouth and head.
The make-shift gag only impeded Mr Wright's mouth. It was not clear from the autopsy if his nose was restricted, however, Deputy State Coroner John Lock, when he released his findings this week, wrote that the death was an experiment gone wrong and found the cause of death to be mechanical asphyxia but that the nature of the obstruction was unclear.
In his findings, Mr Lock wrote Mr Wright had "a very unusual fascination with snow and skiing clothing" and while the case was unusual, he did not accept it was murder.
"There is no evidence of third party involvement," Mr Lock found.
"I find he died by accident in the course of an unusual experiment being conducted voluntarily and solely by him."
Private investigator and former detective Mr Munt was asked to work on the case by Mr Wright's mother and in an interview yesterday bluntly rejected the findings of the inquest.
He said foul play was the only explanation for the death of Mr Wright, who suffered a minor mental impairment.
"This is not a suicide at all, it's not even a misadventure," Mr Munt said.
"The key (missing shed key) and the petrol container have never been found.
"He was in the sleeping bag, upside down and bound.
"There's no way in the world anybody could get in that sleeping bag and do that to themselves."
Described by lead investigator Nambour CIB Detective Senior Constable Jonathan McBride as "an extraordinarily unusual case" with "very unusual circumstances", the death of Mr Wright, and the situation he was found in, has baffled Mr Wright's family.
Mr Wright lived at the Dulong School Rd property with his mother, Paula, who has also rejected the coronial findings, adamant her son met his demise at the hands of evil.
"There is a lot of obvious things that weren't taken into consideration," Ms Wright said.
"It's somebody in the neighbourhood who knew exactly where to go to find him.
"I think it was to shut him up about something illegal he might have seen."
Mr Munt said he struggled to accept accidental death as the explanation.
"In 24 years of living there, he'd (Mr Wright) never left the house to go to the shed at night," he said.
"He didn't like things on his head. He didn't even want to put his head under water in the pool.
"It's just totally and utterly implausible."
Det Snr Const McBride said he empathised with the family as they grieved, but reiterated that there was no evidence that indicated murder as a cause of death.
"Based on all the evidence, we are satisfied with the findings," he said.
"There's no evidence to suggest that he was murdered.
"Absolutely if there was fresh evidence or fresh intelligence to surface we would investigate that fully."