Police investigate fatal fall

By Grace Jones

TRIBUTES continue to roll in for Denmark local Ben Napier after he was found dead in Perth on Sunday.

Mr Napier had moved to Perth to study teaching at Curtin University in 2015 and was out celebrating a recent football win with friends when the accident occurred.

After leaving Jack Rabbit Slim’s on Aberdeen Street in Northbridge, Mr Napier was separated from his friends at around 4.30am.

After attempts to find Mr Napier, his friends returned to the Northbridge venue and tragically found him in an alleyway behind the building at 8pm.

St John Ambulance officers attended the scene and declared Mr Napier deceased at around 9.20pm.

Police are investigating whether Mr Napier may have fallen from a nearby building, and a report is being prepared for the Coroner.

Mr Napier was a talented footballer and played with the Denmark-Walpole Football Club, and also volunteered his time at the Denmark Surf Lifesaving Club.

Members of the football and lifesaving club gathered at McLean Oval on Wednesday evening to remember the 20 year-old.

Carl Heslop from the Denmark-Walpole Football club said that Mr Napier and his family have been a significant part of the club.

“Ben was an outstanding young man,” he said

“He was always willing to help the club and his team.”