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Body unnoticed in Australian fast-food outlet's toilet for 3 days

Police are investigating how a man's body lay undiscovered for up to three days in the toilet of an Australian fast-food restaurant, according to media reports.

Local media said the shock discovery was made at the Hungry Jack's outlet in a suburb of Perth on Monday morning, with the man thought to have entered the store on Friday.

"Hungry Jack's is cooperating with all relevant authorities regarding the matter at its restaurant in Balga, Western Australia," the fast-food outlet said in a statement.

"Our thoughts are with all concerned."

Western Australian police gave no indication of how long the man had been dead before his body was discovered inside the locked cubicle.

NOT SUSPICIOUS

"The death is not suspicious, and a report will be prepared for the coroner," a police spokesman told AFP.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation said an investigation was underway to determine when he died in the stall, which reportedly had a floor-to-ceiling door.

Reports said the store was open 24 hours on Saturdays and had closed for the weekend at 10pm on Sunday.

Australian news site WAToday reported that the man is believed to have died from an "overdose".

Stirling City council health compliance officers were also investigating the death to make sure there was no public risk, reported The Guardian.

That included looking at whether health or sanitary issues needed to be addressed, a spokesman said.

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