POLICE fear foul play might be behind the discovery of a man’s body in the Shoalhaven River last week.
The body of the 84-year-old man was found on Thursday morning floating in the river near the rowing club, west of the Shoalhaven Bridge.
Police immediately classed the death as suspicious, setting up Strike Force Royce to examine the discovery.
As investigations continue officers are appealing for information about the elderly man’s movements before his body was found about 9.40am on Thursday.
They said the man, a resident at the Nowra Retirement Village for about six months, was seen at a fast food outlet in South Nowra about 10am on Wednesday, October 3. There are also reports he was seen at Sturgiss Newsagency at 3.15pm.
As he was travelling on foot, police are trying to ascertain how he got to the river.
Police are hoping to hear from anyone who saw the South Nowra man in the 24 hours before his body was found floating in the river, a short distance from the riverbank.
He is described as Asian in appearance, with grey hair and was wearing grey tracksuit pants with a fawn-coloured long sleeved shirt at the time.
Officers hoped someone among the number of people walking beside the river early in the morning, or even taking to the water from the rowing club, might provide information vital to the investigation.
Police said because the man’s appearance was out of the usual for Nowra, someone might remember seeing him walking alone or accompanied by others.
They also hoped the results of a post mortem examination on Friday might also provide clues to what happened to the man.
Anyone with information about the man is urged to contact Nowra Police on 4421 9699, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.