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Woman, 33, found dead in Sydney office after Friday night drinks

A young woman was found dead in the Sydney office of a high-ranking accounting firm after leaving the company's social event to finish some work.

The 33-year-old Ernst & Young (EY) employee arrived at The Ivy – a popular nightclub in Sydney's CBD – at 5.30pm on Friday, before returning to the office at around 7.30pm, which was only 450 metres away, The Australian reported.

Her body was discovered by colleagues five hours later in the early hours of Saturday morning and police were called to the scene.

A 33 year-old woman was found dead in the Ernst & Young Sydney office after Friday night drinks at The Ivy.
A 33 year-old woman was found dead in the Ernst & Young Sydney office after Friday night drinks at The Ivy. Source: Getty and Google Maps (Getty and Google Maps)

Officers are suspecting the woman died as a result of self harm.

It is alleged that she was escorted from the venue by staff due to her level of alcohol consumption, however security footage viewed by police of her return to the EY office showed she was not noticeably intoxicated.

The role alcohol played in her death remains an ongoing line of inquiry in the ­investigation, given that several hours elapsed after the staff member’s last drink and the time when police were notified of her death.

A report is being prepared by the coroner.

EY to undertake 'wide-ranging internal ­review' after employee death

David ­Larocca, EY’s chief executive officer, said the company is "deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic events of the weekend."

"Our hearts go out the family and we have been in contact to offer our support and condolences," Mr Larocca said in a statement shared with Yahoo News Australia.

"We are assisting the police with their ongoing investigation, which has confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances."

Following the death, Mr Larocca said the company is in the process of undertaking a "comprehensive and wide-ranging internal ­review encompassing health and safety, security, social events".

"Our chief mental health ­officer will be part of an ongoing review and has been instrumental over the weekend in providing ­ongoing advice and guidance," Mr Larocca said.

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