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Australian man found dead in Colaba lodge

A 34-year-old Australian national was found dead in his first floor room at a lodge in Colaba, on Tuesday afternoon.

mumbai Updated: Jan 12, 2011 01:37 IST
HT Correspondent

A 34-year-old Australian national was found dead in his first floor room at a lodge in Colaba, on Tuesday afternoon.

Desfontaines Travis Aaron, 34, hailed from Canberra in Australia.

“When we found him, he was lying on the bed and bleeding from his nose," said police inspector Deepak More of Colaba police station. He was under depression, police said.

“Aaron was supposed to check out at 1 pm. When he didn't check out, the staff members began knocking on his door, but he didn't answer. When they opened the door they discovered his body,” said a police officer, on condition of anonymity, because he is not authorised to speak to the media.

The police said there were a couple of empty beer bottles in his room.

“The receptionist who was on the night shift informed us that Aaron returned very late the previous night,” said More. Aaron was allegedly drunk when he returned, the police said.

The police collected various articles from the room as well as Aaron’s luggage for investigation. “It looks like a case of alcohol overdose, however, we will know for sure only after the post-mortem report comes back,” said an officer involved with the investigation.

According to the hotel staff, Aaron came to India for a holiday and intended to travel. "He was alone and never mentioned anyone else to us. He never had any visitors," said the owner of the lodge.

The police said Aaron arrived in India on January 6 and came straight to Apollo Lodge above Leopold Café on Colaba Causeway.

“The case is still under investigation. We have informed the consulate. The body has been sent to St George’s Hospital for a post-mortem. We will be able to comment on the cause of death only after the results of the post-mortem come back,” said More.