Nicole Cartwright’s family have spoken of their heartbreak as police continue to search for her killer, one year after her body was found wrapped in a bedsheet on Sydney’s north shore.
A council worker found the 32-year-old’s bound and beaten body at Buffalo Creek Reserve at Hunters Hill early on October 3, 2018.
Cartwright’s body was found wrapped in a bedsheet resting under leaves and bark near what appeared to be 30 metres of drag marks, according to police.
While the post mortem was inconclusive, police confirmed that Cartwright was “the victim of a serious assault and suffered head injuries.”
To this day no charges have been laid over Cartwright’s death.
“We are still struggling to comprehend that she is never coming home,” her brother Ben said on Thursday.
“We grieve daily for Nicole and the life she never lived”.
Cartwright would have turned 33 this week but instead of a day of celebration, it was filled with sadness.
“It was a heartbreaking reminder of the immense pain we feel on a day that should have been a celebration,” Ben said.
“To the person who did this, you have cut short Nicole’s life, you’ve destroyed our family and you’ve shattered our hearts”.
He called on any potential witnesses, who may have seen Cartwright in the days before her death, to contact police.
Police say CCTV showed Cartwright regularly used Sydney public transport in late September.
On September 30, she travelled by train to the Museum Train Station before making her way to Paddington to meet friends.
Cartwright was then spotted walking with a friend down Flinders Street before leaving in a ride-share car about 12.30am on October 1.
Police confirmed she was dropped off near Robson Park on Crescent Street Haberfield.
That was the last time she was seen alive.
Officers are now working to establish her movements in the 48 hours before her body was discovered and are pleading for anyone with information to come forward.
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Police say Cartwright regularly used online dating sites to meet new people.
“We know that Nicole was using online dating sites, applications, classified ads, and social media, and had been involved in casual meetings resulting from her use of those sites in the weeks leading up to her death,” Detective Acting Superintendent Jason Dickinson said.
He’s asked for anyone who made contact with her to come forward.
Investigators released vision of 12 vehicles travelling on Pittwater Road, East Ryde, early on Wednesday, October 3 2018.
They were filmed an hour and a half before Cartwright’s body was found.
“Detectives have reviewed hours of CCTV and we believe these cars — which were travelling on a road about 800m from Buffalo Creek Reserve where Nicole’s body was found — may help us with our inquiries,” Dickinson said.
Another video shows a person walking on a footpath in the same area about half an hour earlier.
Police believe this person is not involved but would like them to come forward.
Anyone with information that may assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.