A 38-year-old former BHP exec found dead in Sydney's Lane Cove River may have been murdered

NSW PoliceCecilia Haddad.

  • The body of 38-year-old Cecilia Haddad was found in the river near the affluent Sydney suburb of Woolwich on Sunday.
  • Police believe her death was suspicious and are appealing for information about her movements, including any CCTV or dashcam footage that may have spotted her on Saturday.
  • Haddad was running a consultancy in Sydney after moving from WA where she worked for mining giant BHP as an iron ore logistics manager.

NSW police are seeking the help from the public after the body of a popular 38-year-old former BHP Billiton executive, Cecilia Haddad, was found in Sydney’s Lane Cove River at the weekend.

Kayakers found her body on Sunday morning near Woolwich, an affluent suburb on Sydney’s lower north shore.

After initially believing it was an accidental drowning, police now see the death as suspicious. Autopsy results are expected today.

Haddad was running a supply chain consultancy in Sydney after initially moving to the city in 2016 to work for a logistics company. Prior to that, she spent almost a decade at BHP Billiton in Western Australia, where she rose through a range of increasingly senior roles, eventually working in iron ore supply chain management, according to her LinkedIn profile. Before coming to Australia, she worked at Brazilian mining giant Vale in Rio de Janeiro as an analyst.

She was highly qualified, having obtained a Masters in Logistics in Brazil and undertaking graduate business study through the University of Tasmania and the Melbourne Business School.

Haddad was at a barbecue on Friday evening and spoke to friends on Saturday morning. After that, she disappeared and failed to show for a range of appointments.

Google MapsA map with a pin showing where Haddad’s body was found, near Angelo Street, Woolwich, in Sydney.

NSW Police Homicide Squad’s Detective Acting Inspector Ritchie Sim said: “By all accounts, Cecilia enjoyed an active social life and had made a large circle of friends during her time in Sydney.”

She was most recently living in an apartment in Ryde, not far from where her body was found. When she went missing, Sim said, friends “described it as completely out of character”.

“We’ve been told her vehicle was seen outside her home on Saturday afternoon, so we are very keen to speak with anyone who may have seen her or her vehicle after that time.”

Haddad owned a red 2013-model Fiat 500 sedan, with a black roof, with the registration plate DJV50H.

“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,” Sim said.

People with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Ryde Police Area Command on 02 9858 9299.

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