Father found dead inside his home is the victim of a ‘vicious and targeted attack’ cops say as they open a murder investigation
- Body of Nathan Russell, 46, found by a friend inside his central Adelaide unit
- SA Police believe Mr Russell was the victim of a ‘vicious and targeted attack’
- Police would not comment if drugs were involved or if death was gang-related
A father killed in a vicious assault inside his own home was the victim of a targeted attack, according to police.
Nathan Russell, 46, was found by a friend who became concerned after trying to contact him on.
When he arrived at the centralunit on Sturt St around 6.30pm, Mr Russell was dead.
Police have confirmed the death was being treated as a murder.
Police believe Nathan Russell (pictured above) was the victim of a targeted attack inside his own apartment
‘We believe the assault on Nathan was a targeted attack,’ Detective Inspector Brett Featherby said.
‘There’s no doubt they intended to assault him. Whether they intended to kill him, I can’t comment on that until the investigation is concluded.’
Police also confirmed Mr Russell had bled for some time before he was found by his friend.
It is believed the 46-year-old was killed on Monday, but detectives declined to reveal the exact nature of his injuries.
Detective Inspector Featherby would not be drawn on whether drugs were involved or if the death was possibly gang-related.
‘Investigators believe that people have knowledge of what has occurred to Nathan and knowledge of the circumstances leading up to his death,’ he said.
‘We are seeking anyone with information to come forward and do the right thing by his family.’
A number of items were seized from the unit and from the immediate area by a forensic team.
Police have urged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Police said ‘there was no doubt’ Nathan Russell was targeted, but would not be drawn on whether drugs were involved or if the death was possibly gang-related
The body of Nathan Russell was found in his apartment (pictured above) on Sturt St in central Adelaide
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