TENT TRAGEDY: Trio in cus­tody as cops swoop in Syd­ney over sus­pected mur­der of Gee­long woman, 29

Geelong Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - TA­MARA Mc­DON­ALD – with JA­COB GRAMS

ARMED po­lice have ar­rested two men and a woman in Syd­ney over the sus­pected mur­der of Mad­di­son Par­rott, whose body was found in a burnt tent at the Gee­long Show­grounds.

Homi­cide de­tec­tives were called in after the re­mains of the 29-year-old from Waurn Ponds were dis­cov­ered at the Break­wa­ter show­grounds early on Tues­day morn­ing.

The much-loved former Bel­mont High School stu­dent had been a store man­ager at Platy­pus Shoes, where she is un­der­stood to have worked un­til nearly a year ago.

Yes­ter­day af­ter­noon’s ar­rests in the Syd­ney suburb of Greystanes in­volved heav­il­yarmed of­fi­cers from NSW Po­lice’s tac­ti­cal unit be­cause there were fears the group was armed.

Neigh­bours said the trio had been stay­ing at the home for less than 24 hours.

They were handed over to the NSW State Crime Com­mand’s Homi­cide Squad de­tec­tives and taken to a po­lice sta­tion.

A Vic­to­ria Po­lice spokes­woman said the Homi­cide Squad was con­tin­u­ing its in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the al­leged mur­der and would seek to have the trio ex­tra­dited when they faced court in Syd­ney to­day.

“(Thurs­day) af­ter­noon NSW po­lice ar­rest two men and a woman in Greystanes in re­la­tion to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” she said. “Homi­cide Squad de­tec­tives are headed to NSW to fur­ther their in­ves­ti­ga­tions.”

Ms Par­rott was sep­a­rated from her hus­band, whom she wed about three years ago.

The break-up was ac­ri­mo­nious, one source told the Gee­long Ad­ver­tiser, while an- other said she had strug­gled after the split.

She had also pre­vi­ously been em­ployed at Cot­ton On’s Mar­ket Square store in Gee­long, and her so­cial me­dia posts re­veal a con­cern for an­i­mal wel­fare.

Po­lice have also been talk­ing to former col­leagues of Ms Par­rott.

Vic­to­ria Po­lice Act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Kris Hamil­ton yes­ter­day told the Gee­long Ad­ver­tiser: “The de­ceased has been for­mally iden­ti­fied as a 29-year-old woman from Waurn Ponds and (the) Homi­cide Squad are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.”

Fire­fight­ers were called to the camp­site at Gee­long Show­grounds about 2am Tues­day and found the tent en­gulfed by flames. They ex­tin­guished the fire and found her body, which was clad in leop­ard print leg­gings.

Paul King, who was camp­ing at the site, told the Gee­long Ad­ver­tiser on Tues­day that he saw two men set­ting up the tent on Sun­day, which was a “glamp­ing-style set up”.

Other campers said it looked like a “mini cir­cus tent” with a “high peak and low walls”.

Mad­di­son Par­rott

Gee­long woman Mad­di­son Par­rott (left); and (in­set) po­lice in Greystanes, Syd­ney, where they ar­rested three peo­ple yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

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