Australian traveler Benjamin Goode dies in ‘suspicious’ circumstances in Chile, South America

The grieving family of a 26-year-old Australian traveler who died while on holiday in South America are demanding answers after his ‘suspicious’ death.

Perth man Benjamin Goode left Australia in June to travel the continent before dying in Chile.

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His older sister Zoe Taylor-Goode said the “seasoned traveller” died unexpectedly and his death was being investigated by local police.

“The death is being treated as suspicious and the circumstances of the incident are still under investigation,” she wrote in a GoFundMe.

Taylor-Goode said her brother has big plans for his travels, and his previous experiences abroad gave his family no reason to worry about his safety while he was away.

“Just like in the past, I would expect him to return home when he was homesick or ready for his next trip,” she said.

“Unfortunately, due to his unexpected death, we sadly await his return, which will never be.”

Benjamin Goode died while vacationing in South America. Recognition: delivered

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed that it is providing consular assistance to Goode’s family.

“The Australian Government extends its deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of the person,” it said in a statement.

“Due to our privacy obligations, we are unable to comment further.”

Goode’s family remembers him as a loving brother who left a lasting impact on the lives of those who knew him.

“Benjamin was an intelligent, responsible, outgoing young man with a heart of gold who made many friends on his travels and was always available for help,” said Taylor-Goode.

She said her brother would live on forever “in the heart of the lessons he shared and the laughter he gave.”

Benjamin Goode left Australia in June to travel to South America. Recognition: delivered
Benjamin Goode’s family say he is a “seasoned traveler”. Recognition: Facebook

The family is experiencing “great sorrow” during an “extremely difficult time” while awaiting answers and have called on the community to raise funds for repatriation costs and funeral arrangements.

Through DFAT, Goode’s family will receive consular assistance to support them while they liaise with local and Australian authorities to assist with funeral arrangements or repatriation of remains.

However, Australian embassies cannot pay funeral or repatriation costs, conduct local investigations or intervene in local legal matters.

Australia’s SmartTraveller Governing Council is warning travelers to “exercise a high level of caution” when traveling to Chile due to possible demonstrations, civil unrest and violence.

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James Brien

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