Burn marks on body as 'murder victim' named by police


Police have named the woman found dead in bushland in Sydney's south as 33-year-old Najma Carroll.

Her body was found partially clothed at 5.15pm on Wednesday near Sandy Point Quarry about 850m off Heathcote Road, Menai.

Police have said her body showed signs of significant injuries, particularly to her head.

Officers also believe someone had attempted to burn the body as there were signs of fire at the scene as well as injuries consistent with burns.

Police have named the woman found dead in bushland in Sydney’s south as 33-year-old Najma Carroll. Her body was found partially clothed at 5.15pm on Wednesday near Sandy Point Quarry about 850m off Heathcote Road, Menai.
Police have named the woman found dead in bushland in Sydney’s south as 33-year-old Najma Carroll. Her body was found partially clothed at 5.15pm on Wednesday near Sandy Point Quarry about 850m off Heathcote Road, Menai.

Emergency services were called around 5.15pm on Wednesday evening after a dog walker made the grim discovery.

"The person who was walking the dog said his dog was acting a little unusual and that's when he found the body," Sutherland Shire Police's acting commander Steve Patton said.

"Her family is very upset."

Ms Carroll's body was found in an isolated area near a popular bushwalking track and dirt bike trail.

Police are yet to determine how long Ms Carroll's body had been there due to recent heavy rain and difficult terrain near the sandstone rock quarry.

It is not yet clear if she was killed at the scene or if she suffered the fatal injuries elsewhere and was dumped near the quarry.

Addressing reports that attempts has been made to burn the body, Mr Patton said: "There were some signs of fire at the scene, and some burn injuries."

He said his officers were treating it as a murder investigation.

Police remain at the scene today, Picture: Eliza Barr
Police remain at the scene today, Picture: Eliza Barr

Speaking at a press conference this afternoon, he added: "We're very keen to hear from people who were associated with her and that's why we are making this public appeal for assistance."

Police believe Ms Carroll was transient, and spent some time in the Liverpool area though her last known address was in Marrickville.

The former Sydney Girls High School student was usually in contact with her family, though she had not been reported missing in recent days or weeks.

Mr Patton also confirmed Ms Carroll was known to police for minor drug matters, the nature of which was not disclosed.

Officers from Sutherland Shire Police Area Command remained at the scene on Thursday afternoon.

Earlier in the day officers from the Public Order and Riot Squad combed bushland near the quarry entrance armed with neon flags.

Officers have continued to search along the ground towards a popular local dirt bike track, which is blocked off from the quarry with police tape.

Officers at the scene. Picture: Eliza Barr
Officers at the scene. Picture: Eliza Barr

 

A spokeswoman for Benedict Sands Sandy Point, the sandstone rock quarry near where Ms Carroll was found, said the news was "deeply disturbing".

"Our site personnel have been co-operating with the authorities to assist in any way we can," the spokeswoman said.

"Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the victim."

Investigators would like to speak to anyone with information about her movements in recent days or anyone who may have frequented the area off Heathcote Road, locally known as 'white rock', recently and may have seen anything suspicious.

More to come.


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