Woman’s death being treated as suspicious

 

Police are treating the death of a woman who was found by fishermen near a boat ramp this morning on NSW's Central Coast as suspicious.

Fishermen found the body of Devora Howard, 56, who also goes by the name of Devora Cooke, off the coast of Terrigal Haven at about 7.10am.

Her pet Doberman, "Harvey", - who she walked along the Terrigal shore each morning - was found wandering by himself about 6.30am.

The woman who found the dog, took him to Ms Howard's mother's home and the concerned parent called the police not long after.

After Ms Howard's body was discovered shortly after, police have launched an investigation. They are now treating the death as suspicious.

Ms Howard, a passionate animal lover, had separated from husband Peter Howard. The pair were married in a stylish Port Douglas ceremony in 2016.

Devora Howard, also known as Devora Cooke, was discovered dead. Picture: Facebook
Devora Howard, also known as Devora Cooke, was discovered dead. Picture: Facebook

The Express Advocate reports that a second crime scene was established at her house in Pacific St, Wamberal and police have also attended a second Pacific St address to speak with a man, whom police believe she was romantically involved with.

Police are treating the death as suspicious. Picture: Facebook
Police are treating the death as suspicious. Picture: Facebook
There is no suggestion he or Ms Howard's husband are involved in Ms Howard's death.

This morning, a witness has described police "combing the beach for evidence".

A local resident, L.L. Hunter, told news.com.au she saw the crime scene, and police "combing the beach" about 10am while walking her dog.

Ms Howard’s dog was found alone this morning. Picture: Facebook
Ms Howard’s dog was found alone this morning. Picture: Facebook

She said she saw "about (six to eight) police doing a line search, about six or so at the boat ramp, police walking around near the surf club on foot and on bikes," she explained.

"They were searching the beach near Wamberal," she said. Ms Hunter said there was an ambulance on the boat ramp, surrounded by police cars, and divers in the water.

She explained that crimes were not particularly unusual in the area, but the "huge police presence" was out of the ordinary.

The boat ramp. Picture: Google Maps
The boat ramp. Picture: Google Maps


"Officers from Brisbane Water Police District are investigating the circumstances surrounding the woman's death," NSW Police said in a statement this afternoon. They advised that a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

The boat ramp at Terrigal Haven.
The boat ramp at Terrigal Haven.

As inquiries into the death continue, police have urged anyone with information into the death to come forward.

The discovery comes just days after the body of Danielle Easey, 29, was found in a creek outside Newcastle.

Ms Easey's body was found wrapped in plastic on Saturday morning, by a passing driver, who noticed the large item in the water half an hour west of Newcastle.