Popular businesswoman found dead in Sydney river

POLICE are trying to piece together the last known movements of a popular businesswoman, whose body was found in a Sydney river at the weekend.

While the woman has yet to be formally identified, she is believed to be 38-year-old Brazilian National, Cecilia Haddad.

Ms Haddad’s body was found in the Lane Cove River near Angelo Street at Woolwich by kayakers around 10.15am on Sunday April 29.


Police say the successful businesswoman worked for a mining company in Western Australia before moving to NSW in 2016 to work as a logistics manager for a freight company, and was most recently living in an apartment on St Annes Street in Ryde.


Friends raised concerns for Ms Haddad’s welfare after she failed to attend various appointments on Saturday, which they say was completely out of character.

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

“So far, we have been able to establish Cecilia went to a barbeque on Friday night and then spoke to friends on Saturday morning, but her movements after that time are unknown.

“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.”

Ms Haddad owned a red 2013-model Fiat 500 sedan, with a black roof. The registration is 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,” Det Sim said.

Police are awaiting the results of a post mortem examination, however say they are treating her death as suspicious.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police immediately.

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