Search for female witness following Craigieburn death

Tuesday 24 October 2023 1:46pm – 

Homicide Squad detectives are appealing for public assistance to help locate a female witness as part of their investigation into the death of a man in Craigieburn earlier this year.

The 24-year-old Craigieburn man died following two separate incidents in Craigieburn on 15 February where he was assaulted.

The first altercation occurred on Hothlyn Drive about 2.15pm, where the man was physically confronted by two other men after he appeared to be attempting to break into a vehicle.

The man was involved in a second altercation with a separate group of males on nearby Mitford Crescent about 2.30pm.

Emergency services were called and police subsequently took the 24-year-old man into custody.

While being treated by ambulance crews the man became unresponsive and died at the scene.

The two men involved in the initial altercation, a 72-year-old and a 33-year-old, both from Craigieburn, were also arrested at the scene and were subsequently released pending further enquiries.

Detectives are today releasing an image of a woman seen walking past while police were arresting the man on Hothlyn Drive.

The dark-haired woman was captured on dash cam footage walking on the roadway near where the arrest was taking place.

In the footage she is wearing a bright blue and white patterned top, black pants, Birkenstock-style black slides and appears to be wearing glasses.

She appears to look directly at police and the man while the arrest is taking place.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who recognises the woman and can provide information about her identity.

She was not involved in the incident in any way and is being treated as a witness only.

The investigation, which remains ongoing, will examine the complete timeline of the man’s movements that afternoon including interactions with the public.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or