FOUND DEAD IN THE GUTTER
VICTOR HARBOUR-ROAD TRAGEDY 12-Hour Old Discovery
Mr. Thomas King (75), of McLaren Vale, was found dead on the main Victor Harbour-road, McLaren Vale, yesterday morning. His skull was
broken and the brain lacerated. Medi cal opinion is that death must have been instantaneous. So far the cause of his death has not been established, but it is believed that he was struck by a passing vehicle. Mr. King, who was a widower, and a well-known identity of the district, had been living with his nephew, Mr. C. Price. On Saturday afternoon he went with another nephew, Mr. F. Price, to see a football match at Aldinga. The party returned to McLaren Vale shortly before 6 o'clock, and Mr. King left the car to go and feed his horse, which was stabled in a paddock near the Metho dist Church. It is thought that he had finished this, and was returning to his home when he met his death. Discovery of Body When he did not return to the house of Mr. C. Price, the family there was not alarmed, as it was thought he had gone to spend the night with the other nephew. On Sunday morning, how ever, it was found that he was not there, and on a search being made, his body was discovered lying in the gutter about nine feet from the bitumen. Death had evidently occurred many hours previously. There were no signs of robbery. It is thought that he was struck by a vehicle travelling towards Adelaide, and that his body was not noticed owing to the darkness. One resident remembers having been a hat on the road near the spot about 6.50 pm. on Saturday but he did not notice the body. Mr. King had worked in the Tatachilla Winery for about 30 years. An inquest will be conducted this morning.