SES volunteers and police search through the area near the Black Rock camping ground looking for objects in relation to the death of a woman last week.
SES volunteers and police search through the area near the Black Rock camping ground looking for objects in relation to the death of a woman last week. ADAM HOURIGAN

Maclean mum's death a mystery

POLICE have intensified their search for clues into the mystery death of a Maclean mother on a remote beach north of Iluka last Thursday.

Yesterday police from the Coffs/Clarence and Richmond local area commands joined up to 12 State Emergency Service volunteers from throughout the Clarence Valley to scour a section of Ten Mile Beach between the Esk River and the Black Rock camping area in the Bundjalung National Park looking for any items that might help with police inquiries.

They also searched through rugged heath land around the camping area.

Yesterday they officially released the name of the dead woman.

She was Lynette Daley, 33, and was the mother of seven.

Coffs/Clarence crime commander, Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay, said police were keen to hear from anyone who might have been in the area between Shark Bay and Black Rock on Australia Day or January 27.

Even if people did not think they had seen anything that might be important, police were still keen to hear from them.

Insp Lindsay said police were trying to put together as comprehensive a picture as possible of Ms Daley’s last hours.

“We want to know her exact movements,” he said.

“It is too early to tell if the death was suspicious until we determine how she died.”

A post mortem examination was conducted on Ms Daley’s body last Friday, but a full pathology report is unlikely to be available before the end of the week.

Police have already spoken with two men who were with Ms Daley at the time paramedics arrived on the beach last Friday.

“We believe she was around this area on Australia Day and was in the company of two men,” Insp Lindsay said.

“Those two men have assisted police with our inquiries.”

He said neither of the men had been charged.

“We have been searching the area for anything that might belong to (Ms Daley) or the two males,” he said.

Police had gone to Black Rock to conduct their media briefing, Insp Lindsay said, in order to reinforce how important it was for people to come forward if they had been in the area.

If anyone has information, they should call Grafton police on 6642 0222 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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