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A group doing an early morning training session at a Melbourne shopping centre car park tried in vain to save a man's life after he was found, reportedly with his throat slashed, in an elevator.
The fitness group called the Heavy Haulers tried to help the man shortly after 6am in an elevator at the Westfield Doncaster car park.
"Many of you may have heard the tragic news that a man sustaining heavy injuries was found this morning in the Doncaster car park, only 40m from where our haulers session was running," the company said in a statement.
"Despite the attempts from our team and members, he was unable to be revived and passed away."
Police say paramedics were called but the man was dead by the time they arrived.
Victorian Police released this statement:
Homicide Squad detectives are investigating after the body of a man was located at a Doncaster shopping centre this morning.
Members of the public located the injured man near the lift lobby at the Doncaster Road property at about 6.10am and called triple zero.
The man, who is yet to be formally identified sustained serious head injuries and died at the scene.
The exact circumstances surrounding the death are yet to be determined but investigators are treating the man’s death as suspicious.
Detectives are appealing for public assistance and are keen to speak to anyone that may have seen anything suspicious in the top level of the car park or in the lift lobby.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report atwww.crimestoppersvic.com.au.