1. “My heart is broken into pieces right now.” Woman found wrapped in plastic in NSW creek identified as 29yo mother-of-two Danielle Easey.
Danielle Easey was born on a mattress outside Newcastle’s Western Suburbs Hospital just moments after a devastating earthquake struck the city in December 1989.
She was dubbed “quaker” for her dramatic entrance into the world.
Now police are appealing for information after her body was found wrapped in plastic and floating in a creek near Newcastle on the weekend.
Members of the public made the grisly discovery at 10.30am on Saturday while driving past on Wakefield Road at Killingworth.
Detective Chief Inspector Grant Taylor said Easey suffered “significant injuries” when she was murdered.
“Danielle died a gruesome death,” Det Insp Taylor told reporters on Monday, adding investigators are trying to determine when and where she was killed.
It’s thought she may have been killed weeks ago and her body disposed of at an unknown time.
Easey, a mother-of-two who was known to police, lived in Booragul in Lake Macquarie but more recently was couch surfing at multiple locations around the area.
Her family last had contact with her several weeks ago and detectives are keen to speak to anyone who provided accommodation for her since mid-August.
Detectives are also investigating her involvement in “drug-related activities over the last few weeks” were connected with her death, Det Insp Taylor said.
Floral tributes have been left at the bridge near where her body was found.
Her brother posted on social media that his heart was “terribly, terribly broken. Right now I’m not ok. I’ll hold up. Spend your thoughts on a memory of Dell, my little sister”.
Her sister said: “My heart is broken into pieces right now, I don’t know how to process something like this. I love my sister, my heart is aching for her and for her beautiful children. Thanks for the messages and well wishes”.
“You may not be with us anymore but I’ll forever carry you with me and cherish our amazing times and even our down times. I love you so much Danielle, you’re and always will be my best mate.”
Police are appealing for information to establish Easey’s last movements and are calling on people who saw or had contact with her in the past month to contact them.
They are also keen to speak to motorists with dashcam footage who were driving in the Wakefield Road area in the past three weeks.
2. Arrests made over 18mo Melbourne boy’s death.
BREAKING: Homicide detectives are investigating the death of an 18-month-old baby boy in Melbourne’s south-east today https://t.co/uPLFtB7bsB
— The Age (@theage) September 2, 2019