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Critical incident investigation underway after woman’s body found in Muswellbrook


A critical incident investigation is currently underway after the body of a woman was discovered in the Upper Hunter overnight.

At about 7.20am on Monday 30 October, officers from Hunter Valley Police District were called to a property on Sydney Street, Muswellbrook, in relation to a welfare check.

They spoke with a 52-year-old female before leaving the scene a short time later.

Then before 7pm, officers were called to a licensed premises also on Sydney Street, after reports of a woman behaving in an erratic manner.

Police attended and spoke to the 52-year-old outside the club.

She was arrested and taken to Muswellbrook Police Station.

The woman was later escorted to the Mater Hospital under police guard for an assessment.

About 8.30pm, emergency services were called to the same Sydney Street property over concerns for another female’s welfare.

On arrival, police entered a detached premises at the back and found the body of a woman.

She has not been formally identified but is believed to be aged in her 60s.

A crime scene was established and an investigation into the circumstances surrounding her death began under Strike Force Llangollen, with assistance from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad.

A critical incident team from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District has also been called in.

That investigation will be subject to an independent review.

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