Manhunt over stabbing

Police are searching for Connewarre man Joshua Hocking in relation to a fatal stabbing in Whittington. (Supplied)

By Luke Voogt

A police manhunt is on for a Connewarre man following a fatal stabbing at Whittington on Wednesday afternoon.

Detectives were still searching for Joshua Hocking, 35, this afternoon in connection to the stabbing death of a 47-year-old Whittington man, a Victoria Police spokesperson confirmed.

Emergency services rushed to a property on Planet Court about 3pm on Wednesday after reports a man, who The Age identified as Geoffrey McDonald, had been stabbed.

On arrival police found Mr McDonald with life-threatening injuries and paramedics took him to hospital where he later died.

“A 17-year-old male who was also home at the time was not injured,” a police spokesperson said.

Police believe Mr Hocking left the address in a purple Ford sedan, which has since been located by officers.

“However, he is yet to be located,” a police spokesperson said.

“It is believed the parties were known to each other.

“Police are continuing to search for Joshua Hocking following the incident and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.”

Detectives today released an image of Mr Hocking in hope someone recognised him and could provide information on his current whereabouts.

They warned anyone who sights Mr Hocking not to approach him and to contact triple zero immediately.

Police urged anyone with any other information to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at

The death is the second in Whittington that Homicide Squad detectives have investigated in the past fortnight.

In a separate incident last week detectives charged Whittington man Haig Arslanian, 39, with murder over the shooting death of his younger brother David Arslanian.