Horror as a woman’s body floats to the surface in a busy port: a grisly discovery reported by dozens of locals as police investigate cause of death
- Port suburb rocked by discovery of woman’s body floating in Fremantle harbor
- Police are still trying to identify the woman and are treating her death as suspicious.
- The southern end of the busy port remains cordoned off as police search for clues
A murder investigation has been launched following the grisly discovery of a woman’s body floating in a busy harbour.
Emergency crews rushed to the scene after several residents reported seeing the woman submerged among several boats at the Capo D’Orlando Drive end of Fremantle Harbor around 5am on Sunday.
Mystery surrounds the woman’s identity and how she died as police cordoned off the area and spent much of Sunday at the scene searching for clues and possible security cameras.
Detectives are currently treating the woman’s death as suspicious as they scramble to determine her identity.
A homicide investigation has been launched following the grisly discovery of a woman’s body floating in Fremantle Harbor (pictured), Western Australia’s largest and busiest port.
“The circumstances he was in raise significant concerns for the police who were called,” Detective Major Sergeant Greg McDonald told reporters.
“We believe that the circumstances surrounding the death of the lady and the location in the port raised suspicions and the homicide squad is currently investigating.
“Our efforts are really focused on trying to identify who she is, what her movements were. And to determine exactly what happened, what could have led to her death, but we can’t tell you what we don’t know right now.
“Obviously, his movements in the last few days are going to be very significant to us.”
The woman’s body has been recovered from the water and removed from the scene.
Police could not comment on whether the woman had any visible injuries and that her age was “a little hard to tell right now.”
Det Sgt Sen McDonald said the investigation is still in its early stages and made a direct appeal to anyone concerned about the disappearance of a loved one.
WA Police (file picture) are treating the woman’s death as suspicious as she launched a public appeal for information on her identity.
The Capo D’Orlando Drive end of Fremantle Harbor (pictured) remains cordoned off after the body of a woman was found floating in the water
‘We have a pretty broad canvas going: witnesses and any CCTV opportunities that may exist. So that’s a focus for us right now,” she said.
“In the absence of a clear explanation suggesting a clear explanation for the death, we will treat any case in these circumstances as suspicious until we can prove otherwise.”
A police spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia it was unlikely there would be any further updates on Sunday.
The southern end of Fremantle Harbour, where the body was found, is popular with boat charter companies and recreational fishermen.
A number of vehicles found in the stay inside the crime scene.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the police immediately.