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Family never gives up

Mark Ovenden in Bali before his death.
Mark Ovenden in Bali before his death. Contributed

THE family of Bali murder victim Mark Ovenden will hire a lawyer and offer a reward for information to assist the police investigation into his death.

The 33-year-old's badly beaten body was found beside a track with his motor scooter standing upright nearby at Nusa Dua on June 21 this year.

Mark's wallet containing the equivalent of $63 was left with the body along with his rings and watch.

His mother Christine said this week the family was confident Indonesian authorities were still investigating her son's murder.

She said she had received a letter from the Indonesian Ambassador to Australia urging the family to be confident that a thorough investigation was under way.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade also has kept her informed weekly on progress in the case.

Mrs Ovenden said the family was keen to assist by trying to fill in the blank 36 hours between when Mark was last seen on Tuesday, June 19 by his friend, with whom he had travelled to

Bali a few days before, and when it was estimated he was killed late on the Wednesday night June 20.

"Someone must have seen him in that 36 hours," Mrs Ovenden said. "Someone knows what happened."

Mrs Ovenden and her daughter Kellie, a Sunshine Coast doctor, will engage a lawyer, who will be provided with money to pay for information that helps solve the mystery.

Mark had been drinking at the villa upstairs from where he was staying at Bingin on the Bukit Peninsular, on the Tuesday afternoon before leaving to pick up some surfboards he had kept in Bali.

He had plans to surf the famous Uluwatu surfing break the following morning with friends.

Mark never returned home.

Doctors believe he was killed late on the evening of June 20.

His body was found the next morning.

Toxicology reports indicate that at the time of his death Mark had very little alcohol in his system.

The former renderer and deckhand from Alexandra Headland was more than capable of defending himself, however, although his body was terribly beaten there were no marks on his hands to indicate that he did or could fight back.

"Somebody must have seen something," Mrs Ovenden said.

"He didn't die where his body was found. He was placed there.

"We have a budget with a time limit for the investigator. It may help us find the answers."

Mark was cremated in Bali and his ashes brought back to the Sunshine Coast. A funeral service at the Goodlife Buderim Church attracted 600 mourners. Later more than 300 people watched from the shore at Alexandra Headland while about 150 surfers formed a circle in the ocean off the beach to farewell their mate.

Topics:  bali, murder



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