Police have launched a critical-incident investigation after the death of a man in Ballina on Tuesday (February 24).
About 12.50am, officers from Richmond Local Area Command responded to a report of noises and a man lying on the ground at a property in Tamar Street.
On arrival, a search was conducted of the area but the police report does not mention if anything was discovered or anyone was apprehended as a result of this initial search.
Shortly before 7am the same day, police received a second report of a man lying on the ground at a property in Tamar Street.
Officers attended and this time located the body of a 40-year-old man.
An independent critical-incident team from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command will investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident.
That investigation will be overseen by the Professional Standards Command.
All information will be provided to the Coroner. No further information is available at this time.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.