Police look for evidence after a woman’s body was found. Photo: Marina Nei Police are trying to identify a woman who was found dead near Snapper Point. Photo: Marina Neil
She is of Asian appearance, has no tattoos or birthmarks, was probably dumped off the rocks after being killed and taken there, and wouldn’t have been in the water for more than two days.
But there isn’t much else known about the woman whose naked body was found with stab wounds to her neck in the well-known blowhole adjacent to the notorious Snapper Point fishing spot on the Central Coast on Sunday morning.
Homicide detectives believe there was a degree of “stealth” in taking her into the Lake Munmorah State Conservation Area and thrown into the sea, quite probably not far from where she was found floating face down, the Newcastle Herald reports.
There is a theory she may have been dumped elsewhere and floated into the blowhole, but investigators suspect her body was discarded nearby.
The park is locked between 6pm and 5.30am, and detectives are hopeful that either someone is missing a relative or friend, or a park visitor saw something that wasn’t quite right.
Detectives have not discounted the killer may have spent a night inside the park and believe they may have intimate knowledge of Snapper Point, where a windy, dirt track ends at the headland and adjacent to a cliff down to the blowhole.
“Obviously her identity is a priority,” homicide squad Detective Inspector Gary Jubelin said.
“Once we find that out it can take us anywhere.”
The results from an autopsy due to be performed by forensic pathologists on Tuesday will also be keenly received by detectives, who are hoping to narrow down a possible time of death.
Detective Inspector Jubelin said it was within 48 hours of the discovery at 10.30am on Sunday, and possibly much closer.
“It’s a popular spot, a lot of people go there, and with it being a long weekend I just can’t see how she could have been there and no one saw her for any great length of time,” he said.
The rock shelf is very popular with fishermen, with 16 deaths recorded along a three-kilometre stretch around Snapper Point and Frazer Park in the past eight years.
Many of those deaths are people of Asian descent, who travel from Sydney to wet a line.
The woman was aged between 20 and 35 and about 170 centimetres tall.
“We would be very interested in speaking with anyone who has any concerns about someone who matches that description,” Detective Inspector Jubelin said.
The homicide squad is working with local detectives. Information should be forwarded to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The Newcastle Herald
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