Desperate Appeal To Trace Woman's Last Movements Before Death
Police have launched an appeal to trace the final movements of a woman whose body was found near a boat ramp.
The body of 56-year-old Devora Howard was discovered by fishermen on Tuesday morning about 250 metres from the Terrigal Haven boat ramp in Terrigal on the NSW Central Coast.
Following the discovery, which occurred at about 7.10 am, police were called to the scene where their investigations began.
Now, more than 24 hours after she was found, police have launched a public appeal for information so they can piece together how Howard spent her final hours alive.
Police said on Wednesday morning she was last seen wearing white jeans and a grey jumper.
Police are wanting to speak to anyone who saw or spoke to Howard on Monday evening or Tuesday morning.
“We are following a number of lines of inquiry in relation to her last known movements,” Brisbane Water Crime Manager Detective Chief Inspector Steve Laksa said.
“Information from the public is crucial as it is will hopefully support the results of a forthcoming post mortem examination.”
A post mortem will be conducted on Thursday, but Detective Chief Inspector Steve Laksa said police are not treating the death as suspicious.
"At the moment, we're just trying to keep an open mind in relation to what has occurred. We still don't know the cause of death," he told reporters.
Laksa responded to media reports that strangulation marks had been found on Howard's neck.
"That's more of a matter for a scientific expert opinion - one for the forensic pathologist," he said.
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