A woman who was found dead inside her home had months earlier revealed how she had a stalker who called himself ‘The Reaper’.
Kristie Powell’s body was discovered by police at a house in Bellambi, a suburb of Wollongong, in the early hours of Friday morning.
The 39-year-old’s unharmed five-month-old baby boy was also found inside the Lorking Street property about 1.10am after a visitor raised the alarm.
Ms Powell took to social media in March to reveal how the she was no longer answering private numbers ‘ever since I had a stalker’.
‘He is mentally unwell and I have contacted the police about him on a few occasions but there is nothing that they can really do as he is considered non-threatening!?,’ Ms Powell had told her concerned friends.
‘Even though most of his messages say “Die Kristie Die” he doesn’t approach me or my house, he just calls me or sends me msgs (sometimes I get over 100 a day!).
‘But none of them make any sense! He calls himself The Reaper and thinks that he is way more important than he is.’
Ms Powell, who lived alone with her young son, had suffered serious injuries to her upper body and head from a sharp object, according to media reports.
The baby boy was not harmed. He was located in his bedroom, while his mother was discovered outside her own bedroom.
The infant is in the care of his grandparents, police said.
Ms Powell’s death is being treated as suspicious. No charges have been laid.
‘We’re treating it as a homicide, no doubt, we are looking for a perpetrator that’s committed that crime,’ Detective Inspector Brad Ainsworth said.
‘We will do a search, [we have] obtained CCTV from nearby residents and businesses. We will go through that and hopefully, our investigation bears fruit.’
When asked about Ms Powell’s social media posts, Det Insp Ainsworth said: ‘Facebook reviews will form part of our investigation.’
The house will be forensically examined. Neighbours have been left in shock.
‘[It’s a] pretty quiet, nice area. The only people that come down here, live here,’ one resident told Nine News.
Another resident told reporters while they had seen Ms Powell walking with a pram on a few occasions, she had kept to herself.
They added Ms Powell had cared for a number of dogs.