SHOCKED: Ainslee Pitcher and Jodie Wigg heard a commotion before the man’s death.
SHOCKED: Ainslee Pitcher and Jodie Wigg heard a commotion before the man’s death. Megan Mackander

Police investigate fatal fall at Cotton Tree unit

RESIDENTS and holidaymakers at a Cotton Tree high-rise resort are still reeling from the horror of witnessing a man plunge 11 floors to his death.

Police are investigating the death of a 50-year-old man who fell from the 13th floor of the Elouera Tower Resort, on Sixth Ave, on to the balcony of the second floor yesterday morning.

Inspector Jason Overland said Criminal Investigation Branch detectives had interviewed witnesses and other people at the complex, and the death was not being treated as suspicious.

It is understood the man did not live at the resort, but was staying there.

His name had not been released last night as police tracked down his next of kin.

A crowd of onlookers gathered at the Sixth Ave complex as police cars and ambulances arrived at the scene.

It was quickly realised paramedics were not required as the man had died instantly in the fall.

The complex was locked down while police investigated and set up a crime scene on the second floor balcony area.

It is believed a family staying inside the unit was home when the man fell on to their courtyard.

Some witnesses reported hearing a heated argument between two men shortly before the fall.

"I was over the road at the park with my little girl and my friend and we could hear swearing and carrying on between two guys from the complex," witness Jodie Wigg said.

"One of the guys came downstairs and came and put something in his car at Alexandra Pde.

"He was really mad, you could tell.

"Then before he had even gone back up, the other guy fell."

Ainslee Pitcher was with Ms Wigg when the man fell.

"I couldn't believe how much the sound projected from the two of them swearing," Ms Pitcher said.

Another witness, on the beach, said he could hear yelling and swearing, even against the sound of the waves and wind.

"It just makes me feel sick knowing what's happened," he said.

"What a horrible way to go."

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