Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Sleeping Bag Man Was Murdered: Private Eye

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Sleeping Bag Man Was Murdered: Private Eye

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Byline: SCOTT SAWYER

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. …

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