Police identify man found dead under Denison Bridge in Bathurst

Police are refusing to rule out foul play as investigations into the death of a homeless man whose body was found under the Denison Bridge on Sunday morning continue.

Sixty-nine-year-old Reginald Mullaly’s body was found just after 10am on Sunday by children who were playing in the area.

Police were called and immediately set up a crime scene.

Chifley Local Area Command crime manager Detective Inspector Luke Rankin said Mr Mullaly had suffered some injuries, but none of them suggested he had been a victim of crime. 

However, he did say police would not rule out foul play until the preliminary post-mortem results come out later this week.

“There is nothing at this stage makes us believe he has been a victim of crime, but we are continuing our investigations with caution and are waiting for the post-mortem results, which will ultimately decide the future direction of the investigation,” he said.

Detective Inspector Rankin said yesterday that police were still determining exactly what happened to Mr Mullaly and would like to hear from anyone who had recent contact with him.

“We are going through our records looking for any incidents while we continue to establish the circumstances of his death,” he said.

Detective Inspector Rankin said Mr Mullaly was a homeless man who lived under the bridge and was known to police.

“Police had several interactions with him for various reasons and we had spoken to him at that location [under the bridge] and other locations in the past,” he said.

He said Mr Mullaly was living in a crude shelter he had made for himself.

Detective Inspector Rankin said it appeared Mr Mullaly had been dead for approximately 24 to 48 hours before his body was discovered.

Anyone with information on Mr Mullaly’s death, or anyone able to provide police with a positive sighting of him alive, is asked to contact Bathurst Police on 6332 8699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.