November 26, 2019 16:00:55
Police have found the body of British tourist Aslan King, who went missing near Victoria’s Great Ocean Road on the weekend.
- Mr King, 25, was last seen at a campsite at Princetown about 2:00am on Saturday
- He was camping with friends when it is believed he had a seizure, hit his head then ran into the surrounding bushland
- The backpacker had arrived in Australia for a holiday two weeks earlier
The body was located about 10:15am in a creek just over a kilometre from the camping ground where the 25-year-old was last seen, police said.
On Tuesday afternoon police said two friends had identified the body as that of Mr King.
He went missing from the campsite on Old Coach Road at Princetown, about 230 kilometres south-west of Melbourne, about 2:00am on Saturday.
Mr King was camping with four friends, also British nationals, when it is believed he had a seizure and hit his head, then suddenly got up and ran from the area into the surrounding bushland.
Police said he had been holidaying in Australia for two weeks and had left Melbourne on Friday to head to the Great Ocean Road.
According to his social media, Mr King was an illustrator usually based in Bristol.
The search was expanded yesterday to include waterways and all areas within a four-kilometre radius of the campsite.
The camping ground, about 7 kilometres from the popular Twelve Apostles, sits near the Gellibrand River and is within hundreds of metres of the ocean.
The search effort involved mounted police and police aircraft as well as specialist bushwalking teams, the State Emergency Service and Parks Victoria.
On Sunday, Acting Senior Sergeant Travis Barber said Mr King’s friends believed Mr King may have become “disoriented and lost in the bush”.
“It was out of character for him to do this, and [they] have never actually seen him behave in this manner before,” he said on Sunday.
Members of Mr King’s family are on their way to Australia from England.
Police thanked the public and media for their assistance during the search.
Investigators will prepare a report for the coroner.
November 26, 2019 12:33:38