Murder Victim Cecilia Haddad Farewelled in Private Memorial Service in Perth

Friends and family have gathered to mourn the death of young mining executive Cecilia Haddad.

What you need to know
  • Cecilia Haddad's body was found floating in Lane Cove River on Sunday April 29
  • A preliminary post-mortem report alleged she was murdered
  • Police have spoken to her ex-boyfriend who left Australia on the weekend she was murdered

Family and friends farewelled Brazilian murder victim Cecilia Haddad at a private service in Perth on Friday morning.

Almost two weeks after her body was found floating in Lane Cove River in Sydney's north, about 50 mourners gathered for the service at Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park. 

Media was not permitted to attend the private service.

The former BHP Billion executive lived in Perth for several years before moving to Sydney two years ago.

Cecilia Haddad, 38, who lived in Ryde, was last seen alive at a BBQ on Friday night and spoke to friends on Saturday morning. Haddad's friends raised the alarm when she failed to show up for appointments on Saturday afternoon, telling police her disappearance was "completely out of character.”

Her body was discovered in the water by kayakers about 10.15am on Sunday April 29 near Woolwich.

Investigators have not released any details of her injuries, however a preliminary post-mortem report released in the days after her death alleged she was murdered.

Haddad, who police said had a very active social life and a large circle of friends, worked as a logistics manager for a freight company and had lived in Australia since 2007.

It has been reported that NSW Police have spoken to Haddad's ex-boyfriend and former business partner Mario Marcelo Santoro, who flew home to Brazil the same weekend she went missing. There is no suggestion from police that Santoro is a suspect.