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Architect murder mystery

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A young Melbourne architect has been found dead, believed murdered, in his Albert Park home.

Fairfax reports James Crawford, 33, was found dead by his older sister in his townhouse yesterday morning.

Police say he had several blows to his torso and could have been dead as long as two weeks – the last time relatives or neighbours had contact with him.

Mr Crawford was the son of New Zealand based Henry Crawford, who won an Emmy award for A Town like Alice and screenwriter Sarah Darling.

“It’s horrid, it’s a bit of a state of shock and you feel powerless,” Mr Crawford told The Age.

James had studied Information Technology at Bond University before moving to the United States and studying architecture and interior architecture.

He ran an architecture firm Inner Arc from his Albert Park townhouse.

Mr Crawford said James was “a good boy” and not involved in “anything shady”.

“It sounds to me like robbery, but I don’t know,” he said.

Neighbour Lynda Gardner said she had not seen James for two weeks.

“It was just so quiet that I thought it was a bit too quiet,” she said. “But I just thought he was away.”