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Tragic murder-suicide at Barossa's Whispering Wall

Victim Kobi Shepherdson, aged nine months from the Western Suburbs

A baby girl and a man have fallen to their deaths from a dam wall in South Australia in what police say was a murder-suicide.

Witnesses reported seeing the man and infant go over the edge of the Whispering Wall at Williamstown, north of Adelaide, on Wednesday afternoon.

Emergency services were called at 4:30 pm to attend the scene, including a medical helicopter.

SA Police said in a statement:

“When patrols arrived, they found a deceased man and an infant who was unresponsive.
“Paramedics worked on the infant but sadly, she dies at the scene."

The Whispering Wall is a 36-metre high structure and a popular tourist attraction due in part to the resonance of the structure meaning visitors can talk at one end of the dam wall and hear the conversation at the other end.

Police initially advised that no one else was being sought over the deaths, and confirmed in a 12-noon press conference that the matter was being treated as a murder-suicide. Police allege there was a history of domestic violence within the relationship between the child's parents.

SA Police will prepare a report for the state coroner.

They encourage anyone who is experiencing family violence, or has concerns for their safety or the safety of other family members or friends, to contact police through 131 444 or Triple Zero in an emergency.

Support agencies who may also be contacted include 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732), and the DV Crisis Line on 1800 800 098.

Those seeking support can contact Lifeline: 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636.


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