Mystery surrounds death of sex worker found in her beachside apartment

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An investigation into the suspicious death of a woman who was found in her beachside apartment is underway.

The body of Kimberley McRae, 69, was discovered in her Coogee, Sydney, home, where she lived alone, on Tuesday.

Officers from the Eastern Beaches Police Area Command were called to Ms McRae’s unit on Mount Street at around 10am.

Police are appealing to the public for information on Ms McRae’s movements over the past two weeks. She was last seen on January 7.

“At this stage, the last known sighting of Kimberley, also known as Kim, was Tuesday 7 January 2020, when she was seen at her Coogee unit,” Homicide Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty said.

Records show Ms McRaee last used her phone on the afternoon of January 8.

The body of Kimberley McRae, 69, (pictured) was found in her Coogee, Sydney, home, where she lived alone, on Tuesday. Source: Supplied/NSW Police
The body of Kimberley McRae, 69, was found in her Coogee, Sydney, home, where she lived alone, on Tuesday. Source: Supplied/NSW Police

“Her exact movements from the last time she was seen last Tuesday and when her body was found seven days later is unclear,” Detective Doherty said.

A post mortem has been conducted, however, it is unknown how Ms McRae died, police said.

Ms McRae did not own a vehicle, but she did walk and exercise in the Coogee area.

Police said they were aware Ms McRae worked in the sex industry. Her associates may also know Ms McRae as Isabella, Samantha and Sabrina, they said.

Police are eager to speak with any of friends or associates who may have visited her during those seven days Ms McRae was unaccounted for.

“Kim had a distinct personal style with recognisable features and a wide circle of associates,” Detective Doherty said.

“She was known to run along the foreshore and Coogee stairs in the evenings.”

Police have assured the public any information provided will be treated with “confidentially and with sensitivity.”

Police are urging anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Onshore detectives to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/.

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