Detectives have launched a murder investigation after a man was found dead at a Coolangatta apartment this morning.
Detective Inspector Marc Hogan said investigators were treating the death as suspicious after finding the body when called to the Dixon St address to undertake a welfare check this afternoon.
It is understood an associate called police around 11.30am after being unable to contact the man.
The door of the unit, where the 40-year-old man resided, was locked when police arrived.
He was found in the main area of the dwelling.
The homicide squad have been called in from Brisbane and forensic officers are searching through rubbish bins located outside a house adjoining the unit block where the man was found.
“The investigation is ongoing, we haven’t confirmed anything at this stage,” Detective Inspector Hogan said.
“We are working to determine all the circumstances of what has gone on.
“If anyone knows anything please contact Crime Stoppers or Gold Coast detectives.”
It is understood the death may be suspicious.
Police are continuing to investigate the man’s cause of death.
A female friend of the 40-year-old man told the Gold Coast Bulletin he had lived in the apartment for about eight years.
“He was lovely,” she said.
“He kept to himself and was quiet but kind to anyone he met.
“He might not have had a job but he was trying to turn his life around by starting up a business.
“It is upsetting to hear people saying horrible things about him.”
Police have launched a murder investigation but have not yet released details about the scene.
“I’d never seen him work, he didn’t have a job and he was quite proud about that,” one neighbour said.
“It is just two girls above him and a woman with a baby in the other flat.
“I heard yelling sometimes but I didn’t really know the guy, he kept to himself.
“The only thing I really know about him is he always had a carton of rum.”
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.