Body discovery leads to Critical Incident Investigation

October 31, 2023 12:40 pm in by
Forensic police outside a home in Sydney Street Muswellbrook. Image: Darren Cutrupi

The discovery of a woman’s body in the Upper Hunter overnight has now developed into a Critical Incident Investigation.

Police have just held a media conference on the incident outside Lismore Police Station in the state’s Northern Rivers.

The Northern Region Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Scott Tanner said a crime scene has been established at Sydney Street in Muswellbrook and an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death commenced under Strike Force Llangollen, with assistance from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad.

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“At about 7.20am yesterday (Monday 30 October 2023), officers from Hunter Valley Police District were called to a property on Sydney Street, for a concern for welfare check,” he said.

“Officers spoke with a 52-year-old woman, before leaving the scene a short time later.

“Then shortly before 7pm, officers were called to a licensed premises also on Sydney Street, after reports of a woman behaving in an erratic manner.

“Police attended and spoke with a 52-year-old woman outside the club, before she was arrested and taken to Muswellbrook Police Station.

“The 52-year-old woman was later taken to the Mater Hospital under police guard for an assessment.

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“Then about 8.30pm, emergency services were called to the same Sydney Street property over concerns for another woman’s welfare.

“On arrival, police entered a detached premises at the back of the property and found the body of a woman. She has not been formally identified but is believed to be aged in her 60s.

“A critical incident team from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District will now investigate all other circumstances surrounding the incident.

That investigation will be subject to an independent review.”