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Aussie traveller dies in ‘suspicious‘ circumstances in South America

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The grieving family of a 26-year-old Australian traveller who died while on holiday in South America is calling for answers following his “suspicious” death.

Perth man Benjamin Goode left Australia in June to travel the continent before he died in Chile.

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His older sister Zoe Taylor-Goode said the “seasoned traveller” had died unexpectedly and his death was being investigated by local police.

“The death is being treated as suspicious, and the circumstances surrounding what has happened are still under investigation,” she wrote in a GoFundMe.

Taylor-Goode said her brother had grand plans for his travels and his previous experience travelling abroad gave his family no reason to worry about his safety while away.

“Just as he had done in the past I’d expect his return home when he was feeling homesick or ready for his next journey,” she said.

“Unfortunately, due to his unexpected death, we are sadly waiting for his return which will never be.”

Benjamin Goode died while on holiday in South America. Credit: Supplied

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed it was providing consular assistance to Goode’s family.

“The Australian Government extends its deepest condolences to the individual’s family and loved ones,” it said in a statement.

“Owing to our privacy obligations, we are unable to provide further comment.”

Goode’s family have remembered him as a loving brother who left a lasting impact on the lives of those who knew him.

“Benjamin was an intelligent, responsible, sociable young man with a heart of gold who made many friends along his travels and was always available to help,” Taylor-Goode said.

She said her brother would live on forever in “the heart of the lessons he shared and the laughter he gave”.

Benjamin Goode left Australia in June to travel South America. Credit: Supplied
Benjamin Goode’s family say he was a “seasoned traveller”. Credit: Facebook

The family are experiencing “great sorrow” during an “extremely difficult time” as they wait for answers and have called on the community to help fundraise for repatriation costs and funeral arrangements.

Through DFAT, Goode’s family will receive consular assistance to support them while liaising with local and Australian authorities to help with funeral arrangements or repatriation of remains.

However, Australian embassies cannot pay for funeral or repatriation costs, conduct local investigations or intervene in local judicial matters.

Australia’s SmartTraveller government advice warns travellers to “exercise a high degree of caution” when travelling to Chile due to potential demonstrations, civil unrest and violence.

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Source: 7News