Geraldton police appeal for information after a man was found unresponsive in Rangeway

Liam Beatty, Elise Van Aken and Phoebe PinGeraldton Guardian
Geraldton police have appealed for anyone with information on the circumstance which led to a man in his 20's being found unconscious in Geraldton.
Camera IconGeraldton police have appealed for anyone with information on the circumstance which led to a man in his 20's being found unconscious in Geraldton. Credit: Supplied

Geraldton Detectives are appealing for information on a man who is fighting for life after being found unresponsive in Rangeway this morning.

A protected forensic area was declared by police near the intersection of Cypress Street and Eastward Road where the man in his 20s was located in a critical condition with head and leg injuries at 7.15am.

Geraldton Detectives officer-in-charge Snr Sgt Bruce McDonald revealed the man is 22-year-old Jarod Leigh Phillips of Spalding.

He was found unresponsive in a ditch a few metres from the side of the road, not visible from street view. It’s not clear how long he was laying in the ditch for before someone walking their dog found him.

Jarod Leigh Phillips, the man found unconscious on a Rangeway street.
Camera IconJarod Leigh Phillips, the man found unconscious on a Rangeway street. Credit: Supplied/Supplied

Police are trying to fill gaps in a 12-hour window between when Mr Phillips was last seen riding his bike on Flores Road in Webberton around 6.20pm last night on his way to shops in Wonthella and when he was found in Rangeway this morning.

“We’d like to seek assistance from the public to try and find out what’s happened to Mr Phillips as we are unsure at this stage,” Snr Sgt McDonald said.

“There is about a 12-hour period where we’d like to track down where he’s been and who he’s been with.”

Police are seeking any information, including dash cam and CCTV footage showing Mr Phillips’ movements.

“We’re unsure how long he was lying in that location, prior to being found by the person walking his dog,” Snr Sgt McDonald said.

Snr Sgt McDonald said Mr Phillips had “mild facial and leg injuries”, no spinal injuries or facial fractures. But the unresponsive man was put into an induced coma until the full extent of his injuries were assessed by specialists in Perth.

22-year-old Jaron Leigh Phillips was airlifted to Perth for specialist care.
Camera Icon22-year-old Jaron Leigh Phillips was airlifted to Perth for specialist care. Credit: Geraldton Guardian

He was due to be flown to Perth by the Royal Flying Doctor Service this afternoon.

We don’t know what his movements were last night we are unsure what has happened to him, but we are keeping an open mind in regards to a number of scenarios that may have occurred.

“Because we haven’t been able to speak to Mr Phillips and we don’t know what his movements were last night we are unsure what has happened to him, but we are keeping an open mind in regards to a number of scenarios that may have occurred,” Snr Sgt McDonald said.

Mr Phillips condition is currently serious but stable, with Snr Sgt McDonald saying anything was possible from a “medical episode” to a “traffic-type accident” or “criminal-type incident”.

The information police have wouldn’t suggest Mr Phillips was affected by alcohol or drugs, the detective said.

Mr Phillips’ bike was a maroon coloured “polo” mountain bike, which wasn’t at the scene when Mr Phillips was found. Police are unsure if it was stolen.

A photograph police released of Mr Phillips was taken on Saturday and the 22-year-old was wearing the same clothes when he was found this morning.

“There are plenty of leads we are working on and plenty of actions we are conducting to try and uncover what has happened,” Snr Sgt McDonald said.

The unsconsious man was discovered at the intersection of Cyprus Street and Eastward Road.
Camera IconThe unsconsious man was discovered at the intersection of Cyprus Street and Eastward Road. Credit: Geraldton Guardian

A St John Ambulance spokeswoman said when crews arrived, the man was found in a ditch on the side of the road suffering from a seizure.

“He was unconscious and was taken to Geraldton Hospital as a priority one job,” she said.

Earlier this morning, Mid West Gascoyne District Superintendent Roger Beer said the situation was unfolding with detectives and traffic police at the scene to understand the circumstances.

Police have establised a protected forensic area on Eastward Road.
Camera IconPolice have establised a protected forensic area on Eastward Road. Credit: Geraldton Guardian

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online via crimestopperswa.com.au

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