A man found dead in front of his house at Wurrumiyanga on the Tiwi Islands Wednesday afternoon has forced NT Police to deploy detectives and crime scene investigators to the island, less than a week after raising concerns about escalating community hostilities.
The 32-year-old man’s body was reportedly found at the front of his residence by a family member, NT Police said.
Police cordoned off the area and established a crime scene shortly after.
Authorities are investigating the death and seeking public information to help with the investigation.
NT Police said a team of detectives and crime scene investigators have travelled to the island to assist with the investigation.
One week ago, on September 10, five additional police members were deployed to Wurrumiyanga following reports of community hostilities that were allegedly sparked following social media comments.
Authorities said they were working with Wurramiyanga local leaders and traditional owners to address the dispute between family groups at the time.
“What started off as some inflammatory comments on social media has led to three family groups becoming involved in a dispute,” Superintendent Brendan Muldoon said last week.
Supt Muldoon did not disclose details about the social media post.
He said local police intervention had showed positive results but “there are factions in the community who are continuing to upset others.”
“Our local Aboriginal Liaison Officers are providing amazing assistance with this situation,” he said before the dead man was discovered.
“Due to the ongoing unrest, the local police were in need of some respite and additional support.”
Five additional police crew from Darwin were sent to the Tiwi Islands last Friday “to maintain a police presence, continue to engage key stakeholders and conduct reassurance patrols in the community.”
The cause of the man’s death has not been released and police did not say if they believe it is associated with the ongoing community unrest on the Tiwi Islands.