The Family Of A Murdered Woman Found 'Beaten and Bound' Have Spoken
Nicole Cartwright's family have spoken of their anguish after she was murdered and dumped in a North Shore park.
Cartwright, 32, was found beaten and bound in a Hunters Hill park on October 3, but it was more than a week before her body was identified.
"We are still struggling to comprehend how and why this happened," her family said in a statement, but that they are "finding comfort" in focusing on their memories.
"Nicole was very much loved as a sister and daughter; a cherished member of our family," they said.
"She was kind and sweet, but also bold and fun. Her smile was infectious, and her laughter was contagious.
"Nicole brightened our lives, not just with the colours in her hair or the things she wore; it was a radiance that made you happy just being near her."
The family also said they were "deeply touched" by the dozens of people who gathered in a vigil at Hunters Hill park last Thursday night.
"It’s hard to express in words how grateful we are for the love and support we’ve received from her friends and members of the community over the past few weeks.
"It’s lovely to know people do care about each other, even if they don’t know them, and acknowledge the loss of a beautiful life."
Cartwright was farewelled at a service on Wednesday night by friends and family, who have asked for privacy during this deeply difficult time.
Police are continuing to appeal for information around Cartwright's murder.
They have accounted for her movements for most of the September long weekend (Friday 28 to Sunday 30), they are still seeking information from then until the day her body was discovered on October 3.
"A post-mortem examination was inconclusive, and further tests are being conducted to determine how she died," police said.
Strike Force detectives said they have already spoken to a "significant" number of people in the investigation.
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