Cecilia Haddad was found dead floating in the Lane Cove River in Sydney, Australia on Sunday after she was reported missing by friends
The lifeless body of a Brazilian mining executive was found floating face down in a river in Australia , and homicide detectives are now eager to grill her ex-lover as they piece together her last day alive, according to reports.
Cecilia Haddad, 38, was found dead in the Lane Cove River in Sydney on Sunday after she was reported missing by friends, police reports in Sydney stated.
Police are searching for Mario Marcelo Santoro, a former boyfriend and business partner of Haddad’s who recently split from her.
Santoro jetted from Sydney to Brazil over the weekend. Police said he is a person of interest, and not a suspect. They are using a liaison officer in South America to try to make contact with him.
Haddad’s body was found by kayakers about 10.15am on Sunday, April 29. It was initially believed that she had drowned accidentally, but police quickly began investigating her death as suspicious.
Cecilia haddad [left] had recently split from boyfriend Mario Marcelo Santoro [right]. Police in Sydney say he is a person of interest in her murder
“Please do everything to help catch the monster who did this.” Cecilia Haddad’s mother, Milu Muller seen [left], with her daughter, wrote from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Investigators are working to reconstruct her final 24 hours. She attended a barbecue with friends Friday night and last chatted with pals the next morning. Her red 2013 Fiat 500 sedan was seen outside her home Saturday afternoon, into Sunday.
An autopsy was completed Wednesday but details haven’t officially been released.
But a preliminary report confirms she was murdered, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Haddad, who moved to Australia in 2007, and Santoro owned a business called D.Care together. She had worked for a mining company in Western Australia and moved to New South Wales two years ago to take a job at freight company Pacific National.
She had recently started her own business, CHC Consulting, in the Putney area after leaving her job as the head of operational planning at freight company Pacific National.
Haddad’s red Fiat was still parked at home although she had not been seen by friends for days, which raised suspicion
Haddad’s mother Milu Muller told the publication that her daughter was “always a very talented, intelligent girl with a pure heart.”
“I want people to know that she did not believe that people were cruel and selfish. She always forgave and gave people one more chance. I think she was too good for this world,” Muller wrote in Portuguese in an email from her home in Rio de Janeiro. “Maybe if they arrest the murderer, I may have some relief. Thank you and please do everything to help catch the monster who did this.”
Cecilia Haddad’s ex-husband, Felipe Torres, flew from Western Australia to formally identify her body. It is understood he was in Perth at the time of her death.
Police initially said her death was not being treated as suspicious, but revealed in the early hours of Wednesday that a homicide investigation had been launched.
Authorities are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen her or the car after that time and before it was found at West Ryde station: “We are specifically seeking CCTV or dash-cam footage of Cecilia or her vehicle, possibly in the Hunters Hill, Ryde, Top Ryde, West Ryde, and Woolwich areas over the weekend,” police spokesperson, Detective Insp. Ritchie Sim said.