Dad jumps to his death with baby daughter in his arms from 118ft 'Whispering Wall' dam in horror murder-suicide

A NINE-MONTH-OLD baby girl and her dad died in a murder-suicide at a popular Australian tourist spot after plunging 118ft to their death, cops have confirmed.

Tragic tot Kobi Shepherdson was killed after her dad jumped off the famous Whispering Wall dam with her bundled up in a child carrier.




Cops and paramedics rushed to the scene in Williamstown on Wednesday afternoon after a member of the public saw the pair go over the dam wall and fall to the ground.

Cops said they are not looking for anyone in connection to their deaths at the Barossa Reservoir.

While a formal identification has yet to be completed, police confirmed the victims are believed to be 38-year-old Henry Shepherdson and his daughter Kobi.

In a heartbreaking tribute, Kobi’s mum released photos of her baby daughter to cops, while asking for privacy at this “sad and tragic time”.

When emergency services arrived they found the man already dead and the baby unresponsive.

Despite the efforts of witnesses and later paramedics, Kobi was pronounced dead at the scene.

Early investigations have revealed a history of domestic violence between Mr Shepherdson and Kobi’s mother, Assistant Commissioner Ian Parrott told local media.

“Every relationship is a complex thing, particularly when there is also domestic violence involved in the relationship,” he told reporters on Thursday.

“And whilst I’m not at liberty to discuss the specifics of this particular situation, that will certainly form part of our investigation as to what was happening in the relationship and obviously, what was done prior to this particular incident

“(But) we have a beautiful face, which could probably be the face of domestic violence moving forward.”

Assistant Commissioner Perrott said no one else is being sought over the deaths, and while Mr Shepherdson had lawful access to his daughter, there were court processes in place.

“The baby was not taken … but certainly the mother did contact Triple-0- as well,” he said.

“My understanding is there was a very short time frame between the public notifying us of the incident having occurred and Kobi’s mother making contact.”

SA Police said they are supporting those impacted by this incident, including witnesses, including other children, who were at the scene.

“We have reached out to witnesses … We have to not only look after the families directly involved in this, but those people who are witnesses,” Assistant Commissioner Parrott said.

“Obviously this is a highly distressing and emotional set of circumstances, not only for the family and friends of Kobi, and also Henry and Kobi’s mother as well, but for the people who were witnesses who tried to assist Kobi at the scene.

“The emergency services who responded to this terrible tragedy and the extended family, friends and loved ones.

“The families of both the deceased have asked for privacy.”




Detectives from Barossa CIB and Major Crime Branch, along with forensic crime scene investigators, are investigating the tragic incident.

"At this stage, no one else is being sought over the deaths," cops said.

"Police will be preparing a report for the State Coroner."

The "Whispering Wall" is the 36-metre retaining wall of the Barossa Reservoir, located just outside Williamstown, north of Adelaide, according to its website.

It has become a tourist attraction in recent years for carrying sound from one side to the other.

"What draws visitors to the Whispering Wall is its unique acoustic effects – words whispered at one side can be clearly heard at the other, more than 100 metres away," Barossa Australia says.

"Children in particular love visiting the wall and testing its abilities.

"Built between 1899 and 1903, the dam was a revolutionary engineering feat for its day. and attracted attention from all over the world, even making its way into the pages of the journal Scientific American."

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