When a rotting corpse washed up on a popular Sydney beach, authorities went through missing persons files in the hopes of identifying the body. About 5.45 a.m. on Wednesday, a member of the public found the corpse of a woman in her 20s or 30s near the northern end of Bronte Beach.
The corpse, however, was found floating in the river on Tuesday evening, many hours before it was reported to police, according to eyewitness testimony.
According to the CSU, it was spotted as early as 5.00 p.m. on Tuesday, with surfer Max Verneer telling the magazine that the corpse looked like a mannequin and couldn’t possible be a person.
“It was startling,” the narrator adds. It was unsettling to see. Because it was facing down, I could see the back. It seemed unusual to me. He stated, “We believed it was a dummy since it was nude.”
“We didn’t call it in since we weren’t sure,” says the narrator. We figured whatever it was will wash up eventually since it was moving towards the beach.”
According to authorities, a crime scene has been formed and investigations are underway, but the death is not being seen as suspicious.
The corpse had been in the water for a long time, according to police, and “pieces of the skin looked like they were gone,” according to Mr Verneer. If anybody has information that might assist with the continuing investigation, contact Waverley Police at 9369 9899 or Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000.
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