Paul Grapsas: Mystery surrounds strange death of young father in Geelong who went out walking his dog and never came home
- A father of two killed his dog while he was walking
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A loving father-of-two who was expecting a third child has been identified as the man found dead near his home in mysterious circumstances.
Paul Grapsas, 40, left his home on Western Beach Road, near central Geelong, Victoria, about 11pm on Thursday to walk his dog.
His pregnant wife, Jessica, woke up around 4 a.m. to find that the dog had returned, but her husband had not.
After a short search outside, she found his body next to his car in nearby Malone Street, having suffered fatal head injuries.
Police remain baffled by the mysterious death and are searching for witnesses.
Paul Grapsas (pictured left) was found with a fatal head injury on a street near his home in Geelong
Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen Ms Graspas out on Thursday evening near the intersection of Mercer and Malone streets, near St Peter and St Paul Catholic Church (pictured).
In a statement released Sunday, the family remembered Mr. Grapsas “as a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend.”
A heartbreaking post on Ms Grapsas’ Facebook page shows a family Father’s Day with the couple eating outside with their two young daughters.
“We love everything you are and everything you are becoming. It was a great day to celebrate you in the sun!’ Mrs. Grapsas writes about this joyous occasion.
Sunday’s statement said Mr. Grapsas “was happiest when surrounded by his family, friends and religious community.”
It is said that the devoted father had just received a professional promotion.
He was described as being “known and respected in the community, an experienced sportsman who enjoyed golf, fishing and video games.”
“Paul will be greatly missed by all those he loved and who loved him,” the statement concluded.
Homicide squad detectives are urging anyone who saw the man walking his dog or heard anything suspicious between 11pm on Thursday and 4am on Friday to contact them.
They also want people with CCTV or dashcam footage to provide it to police.
Jessica (pictured left) and Paul Grapsas celebrate Father’s Day with their two young daughters