Woman's Body Washes Up On Sydney Beach

Two women exercising on North Cronulla Beach made the discovery about 5am on Wedesday.

What you need to know
  • Body of a woman discovered about 5am washed up at North Cronulla Beach
  • She's believed to be aged between 16 and 30 and is of Indian/Subcontinental appearance, with long dark hair and a slim build
  • Police are urging anyone with information to come forward

The body of an unidentified woman was discovered washed up on North Cronulla Beach in Sydney early Wednesday morning.

Two women exercising made the grim discovery about 5am and alerted authorities.

A witness to the scene, Dane Wheeler, told 2GB that while paramedics headed down to the beach to check on the body, "it was pretty clear that there wasn't much doing."

Addressing media on Wednesday afternoon, police confirmed the homicide squad is involved as they follow all lines of inquiry.

The woman, believed to be aged between 16 and 30, is being described as of an Indian or Subcontinental appearance. She's approximately 155-160cm tall, with long dark hair and a slim build, and was wearing a black turtleneck, maroon pants, and black runners with a white sole.

She had sustained an injury, but police do not believe it has caused her death.

It's also unclear if she had been washed ashore or had simply been on the beach, with Detective Chief Inspector Terry O'Neill describing the investigation as "challenging" due to the moving crime scene. Police are working with the Coast Guard to get a clearer idea of environmental factors at play.

Mystery Surrounds Discovery Of Female Body Found On Beach

"We are starting from the crime scene and working backwards," said Detective O'Neill, reiterating that their primary aim was to identify the woman and get in contact with her family.

"Information from the public is very vital at this time, and we encourage [anyone with] the slightest of information to contact Crime Stoppers," he said.

Anyone who was in the Cronulla, Dunningham Park or nearby entertainment area between Tuesday afternoon to late evening is being urged to come forward.

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday, which will further direct the lines of inquiry.