Murder Investigation Launched After Sydney Woman's Body Found In Lane Cove River

Police have launched a murder investigation after the body of a Sydney woman was found in the Lane Cove River over the weekend.

What you need to know
  • Police are treating Cecilia Haddad's death as suspicious after her body was found by kayakers in Lane Cove River on Sunday
  • Haddad was last seen alive on Friday at a barbeque, and spoke to friends Saturday morning
  • Homicide Detectives are piecing together her final movements, and are appealing the public for CCTV or dash-cam footage of her or her car

The death of a popular young business executive whose body was found floating in Sydney’s Lane Cove River over the weekend is being treated as a possible murder.

Cecilia Haddad, 38, who lived in Ryde, was last seen alive at a BBQ on Friday night and spoke to friends on Saturday morning, police said.

Her body was discovered in the water by kayakers at about 10.15 Sunday morning near Angelo Street, Woolwich, and police initially believed the circumstances surrounding the death were not suspicious.

But Homicide Squad detectives are now investigating the death as a possible murder, and want the public’s help to piece together Haddad’s final movements over the weekend.

“While we are awaiting the results of a post mortem examination, which is expected to take place today, we are treating her death as suspicious,” Homicide Squad Detective Acting Inspector Ritchie Sim said.

“By all accounts, Cecilia enjoyed an active social life and had made a large circle of friends during her time Sydney."

Haddad's friends raised the alarm when she failed to show up for appointments on Saturday afternoon, telling police her disappearance was "completely out of character.”

Inspt. Sim said Haddad's movements after Saturday morning are unknown.

“We’ve been told her vehicle was seen outside her home on Saturday afternoon, so we are very keen to speak with anyone who many have seen her or vehicle after that time.

“We are specifically seeking CCTV of dash-cam footage of Cecelia or her vehicle, possibly in the Hunters Hill, Ryde, Top Ryde, West Ryde, and Woolwich areas over the weekend,” Inspt. Sim said.

Haddad’s car was a 2013 model Fiat 500 sedan, with a black roof and registration number DJV50H.

Haddad, who police said had a very active social life and a large circle of friends, worked as a logistics manager for a freight company and had lived in Australia since 2007.

Police are urging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers.