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Backpackers and hostel owners could hold the key to identifying a young man, possibly an international traveller, who was hit by a train and killed in Melbourne's east last month.
More than three weeks after the man, believed to be in his early 20s, died near East Camberwell railway station, police are no closer to establishing his identity and no one has come forward to report him missing.
Senior Constable Leah Bound said the man was believed to have stepped out of an alcove near the railway station at 11am on September 14 into the path of an oncoming train and was killed. Police say his death is not suspicious.
Despite extensive searches, police have been unable to match his description with any missing persons cases in Victoria.
The man carried no identification in his wallet, which was empty except for an unregistered myki card that indicated he had travelled along the Williamstown and Belgrave lines in the two days before his death.
He was wearing a pair of jeans branded "Crocker", which are believed to be from Sweden.
"The data from the myki card indicated to us that he is not familiar with how to use the myki system, indicating that he is perhaps from interstate or overseas and hasn't been in Victoria very long," Senior Constable Bound said.
"We're particularly interested in hearing from backpackers, hostel operators, or emergency accommodation units who may recognise this male as someone who has stayed in their establishment.
"Even if they may not recognise the male, they may have had a person matching that description who has perhaps not returned to the establishment or left a number of property items behind."
She said it was a very unusual and sad case.
"He died about four weeks ago. I would say it is pretty unusual for a file to go on this long without any particular lead on something as simple as identification," she said.
"It is (sad), which is why we're keen to get in contact with people who may be missing him as soon as we can."
The man was captured on CCTV camera wandering around Flinders Street and Southern Cross stations in the two days before his death. He was alone and did not appear to interact with anyone.
Police believe he was eating at emergency food outlets along the Williamstown and Belgrave lines, and on Flinders Street.
The man was 167 centimetres tall, with a slight build, weighed about 60 kilograms and had a pale complexion and short brown hair.
He was captured on CCTV camera wearing a dark hooded jacket and a pair of light blue waterproof pants over a pair of jeans.
At the time of his death he was also carrying a black, pocket-sized notebook with the front pages torn out, a Post-It note with train times and speeds written on it, and a piece of paper with several eight-digit combinations on it. Police have been unable to determine what the combinations are for.
Anyone with information has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit http://www.crimestoppers.com.au.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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