Police investigating the death of a 29-year-old man who was run over in a highway truck stop south of Darwin have widened their call for witnesses.
The man’s body was found in a truck bay opposite the Mataranka Hotel on the Stuart Highway around 6:00pm on Thursday.
Detective Acting Superintendent Brendan Lindner said the information received from the public about the incident had so far been limited.
“At present we cannot rule out any vehicle, however the likelihood is that the vehicle was a truck,” he said.
“It is a distinct possibility that the driver of the vehicle is unaware the man was run over.”
A Mataranka local told the ABC the man was from the small community of Ngukurr, a two hour drive away, and had been drinking at the hotel.
Police had previously asked anyone who had used the truck stop between 4:00pm and 6:00pm on Thursday or who had seen the man that day to contact them.
Detective Linder said investigators were now looking to speak with motorists, particularly truck drivers, who used the parking bay after midday that day.
“We also seek to speak to anyone who was at the Mataranka Hotel around this time,” he said.
The man was described as Indigenous and very short and slim, and was wearing blue track suit pants, a blue and yellow singlet with the number 35 on it and a blue and black baseball cap.
The man’s death brings the Northern Territory’s road toll to 31 for 2017, compared to 44 at the same time last year.