VIDEO | Woman found dead in Sydney park identified

A woman whose body was found dumped in a park has been identified as 32-year-old Nicole Cartwright.
A woman whose body was found dumped in a park has been identified as 32-year-old Nicole Cartwright.

A woman whose body was found dumped in a Sydney park has been identified as 32-year-old Nicole Cartwright.

Ms Cartwright's remains were discovered near a playground in Buffalo Creek Reserve at Hunters Hill one week ago by a council worker who was mowing the law.

CCTV footage of Ms Cartwright travelling on a bus between Town Hall and Ashfield on September 28 was released by police on Wednesday as they appealed for help from the public to map her final movements.

Ms Cartwright lived with her parents at Lansvale in Sydney's south-west, had a wide circle of friends and often spent time in Sydney's CBD and eastern suburbs.

She did not own a vehicle, but frequently travelled on public transport around the Sydney Metropolitan area.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad and Ryde Police Area Command have established Strike Force Winkurra to investigate the circumstances surrounding her death.

Homicide Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Scott Cook, said investigators are appealing for assistance from the community to establish Ms Cartwright’s movements in the days leading up to her death.

“Investigators have been able to place Nicole on buses and at various railway stations between 27 and 30 September, but we are seeking information from then until she was found,” Detective Superintendent Cook said.

“We know that Nicole travelled by train from Bondi Junction to St Marys early on 29 September, and the following afternoon/evening (September 30), we have her at Strathfield, Central, Ashfield and then Museum Railway Stations.

“Nicole had a very distinct style and vibrant personality, so we believe other commuters or members of the community may recall seeing her early last week.”

Further police are keen to speak with any of Nicole’s friends or associates, who she visited during that time and have yet to come forward.

“We’ve been liaising with her family, who last had contact with Nicole on 28 September, when she sent a photo taken at Maroubra,” Detective Superintendent Cook said.

“The last image we have located so far was captured as Nicole exited Museum Railway Station just before 9.15pm on the Sunday (September 30).

“Of particular interest to us is any sightings or contact with Nicole after that time, and we are appealing for those people to contact us as soon as possible.”

Further, investigators believe Nicole’s body was dumped at Buffalo Creek Reserve either late on the Tuesday night or very early hours of Wednesday morning.

“While it is most likely her body was brought to the area under darkness, we are still urging motorists with dash-cam and travelling in that area at that time to provide us copies of their footage,” Detective Superintendent Cook said.

“Of course, we’d be keen to speak with anyone who has any information that may assist the investigation, including contact with Nicole or knowledge of her social activities over the past few weeks.”

Her brother Ben Cartwright wrote on Facebook on Wednesday that he was "heartbroken" over his sister's death.

"Rest in Peace my little sister! I love you with my all," he wrote.

"It is with very sad and heavy hearts that we announce that our beloved daughter, sister and friend Nicole Cartwright has sadly passed away. Details at this stage will not be discussed. Please respect our families wishes by not asking for details and respect our privacy. Funeral information is yet to be decided.

"When we work this out we will put a Facebook post up for anyone that wishes to attend. Thank you for all the love and support we have received from family and friends over the last few days."

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Winkurra investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Australian Associated Press

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