Dat­ing apps may help de­tec­tives find Nicole’s killer

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

THE on­line dat­ing ac­tiv­ity of mur­der vic­tim Nicole Cartwright is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by po­lice in the hope of turn­ing up new clues to her killer.

Homi­cide de­tec­tives are look­ing closely at the peo­ple Ms Cartwright met through dat­ing apps in the days be­fore her death.

Although it is un­der­stood de­tec­tives have not un­earthed any solid leads from her Tin­der his­tory, they are now ex­am­in­ing other sin­gles apps and chat sites on which she was ac­tive.

Ms Cartwright’s body was found by a coun­cil worker wrapped in an or­ange blan­ket at Buf­falo Creek Re­serve play­ground at Hunters Hill, on Syd­ney’s north shore, on Oc­to­ber 3. Ms Cartwright’s hands were bound and there were drag marks in the dirt.

Although po­lice have traced Ms Cartwright’s move­ments to Mu­seum Sta­tion in Syd­ney’s CBD on Septem­ber 30, her where­abouts be­tween then and when her body was found re­main a mys­tery.

She is known to have been us­ing a num­ber of dat­ing sites and po­lice be­lieve she may have met with sev­eral peo­ple she first en­coun­tered on­line in the days be­fore she died.

Ms Cartwright, 32, lived at home with her par­ents at Lansvale, in Syd­ney’s south­west, but was an avid user of the city’s pub­lic trans­port sys­tem.

Homi­cide Squad de­tec­tives used her Opal card to re­trace her last trips on the train.

On Septem­ber 29, she trav­elled be­tween Bondi Junc­tion and St Marys and the next night she was tracked to Strath­field, Cen­tral, Ash­field and Mu­seum.

The last im­age Ms Cartwright’s fam­ily have of her is a selfie taken at Maroubra Beach on Septem­ber 28.

Nicole Cartwright.

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