A woman whose semi-naked body was found dumped near a playground at a popular suburban park has been identified.
Nicole Cartwright, 32, was found dead by a council worker at Buffalo Creek Reserve in Hunters Hill on Sydney’s lower north shore about 7.30am on October 3.
Her hands were bound and she was found with a dog collar around her neck, with drag marks up to 30metres long nearby.
Ms Cartwright’s devastated brother Ben shared an emotional message after Ms Cartwright’s death was confirmed.
‘Rest in peace my little sister. I love you with my all,’ he said.
‘It is with very sad and heavy hearts that we announce that our beloved daughter, sister and friend Nicole Cartwright has sadly passed away,’ he posted to Facebook.
‘Thank you for all the love and support we have received from family and friends over the last few days.’
Ms Cartwright lived with her parents in Lansvale, in the city’s south-west and had a wide circle of friends, according to police.
She did not own a car but often travelled on public transport around Sydney.
Homicide squad commander Scott Cook said Ms Cartwright’s body was covered in leaves and bark when she was found.
He said her parents Terry and Brenda were ‘very, very sad’, and her family was ‘devastated’.
Detective Superintendent Cook said police were unsure when her body was dumped at the park, and have appealed for information on her whereabouts from September 30 to October 3.
‘At the time he was located she was wearing a dark jacket with a hood and a black and white dress with long black pants underneath. She also had a pair of black boots on and a purple collar,’ he said.
‘The clothing is consistent with the clothing she had at Muesum railway station and the clothing she had in her possession at the time.’
‘We don’t have a cause of death at this stage but she did suffer injuries suffice to say they’re consistent with assault, she was bound, with hands in front of her body.’
Images of Ms Cartwright captured on CCTV at Ashfield and Museum train stations on September 30 just days before her murder have been released.
Detectives are investigating Ms Cartwright’s murder after her body was found semi-naked with a studded dog collar around her neck and her hands bound together.
Drag marks up to 30 metres in length were seen near Ms Cartwright’s body, which had been dumped just metres from swings and a slide.
Investigators were forced to rely on dental and forensic material to identify the body.
Appeals for Ms Cartwright’s friends and family to come forward to police have been made, as they attempt to piece together her whereabouts from September 30 until her death.
They are also hoping to speak to anyone who drove past Buffalo Creek Reserve with a dashcam in order to find out when Ms Cartwright’s body was dumped at the park.
The body had been partially concealed under a dark-coloured cloth, but beneath the covering Ms Cartwright was semi-naked.
She also had massive injuries to her head, and her body was hidden with leaves.
Shocked neighbours said the incident was out of character for the quiet area, in the exclusive Sydney suburb.
‘It’s devastating because it’s such a quiet little area,’ the local said.
‘Every weekend that park is packed full of kids playing and families having barbecues, it’s a lovely spot normally.
‘A council worker comes and opens the gates at sunrise and closes them at sunset, and I believe he found the body.’
The park is popular with local families in the area and it features a newly-renovated playground.
Detectives from the homicide squad are investigating Ms Cartwright’s death.