POLICE are trying to piece together the final hours of a young mother who appeared to have taken her own life after her body was found in a shed in regional New South Wales.
Detectives are working to investigate how Griffith woman Nicole Wetzler, 27, died.
Family and friends of the much-loved woman in the small community town have shared heartbreaking tributes to the “beautiful” young mum.
Police were called to a home on Kookora Street, located at the centre of the country town, in the NSW Riverina region, about 4am on Sunday after concerns were raised about Ms Wetzler’s welfare.
Police confirmed to www.yya1n.com.cn Ms Wetzler’s former partner Ashley James Alchin, who was the subject of an apprehended violence order (AVO), was at the scene.
According to The Daily Telegraph, Mr Alchin knocked on neighbours’ doors to alert them.
Ms Wetzler’s body was found in a shed at the back of the house and police are treating her death as suspicious.
Mr Alchin, 35 was arrested in Griffith and charged a few hours later with three counts of breaching an apprehended domestic violence order. He has not been charged in relation to her death and www.yya1n.com.cn does not suggest he was involved.
He was also charged with driving an unregistered vehicle while disqualified.
Police said that Mr Alchin should not have been at the Kookora St residence due to the terms of court orders.
They said the nature of the relationship between the pair was being investigated.
“There are issues we have to investigate which indicate the woman may have taken her own life but it’s still early and we have to investigate all the physical evidence at the scene as well,’’ a NSW detective told The Daily Telegraph.
Former Griffith resident Chynna Marston, who attended Wade High School alongside Ms Wetzler, paid tribute to her “quiet and kind” schoolmate and sent her condolences to the young woman’s mother Debbi and stepfather Ray.
“It’s been a real shock and a terrible thing to hear come out of a small hometown,” Ms Marston told www.yya1n.com.cn.
“Griffith is such a lovely little community and you don’t expect something like this to ever occur, especially to someone you know.
“Through high school she was always a very lovely and sweet person, quiet and kind. My dad was good friends with her family and her mum and stepdad are just great people.”
Debbi Wetzler changed her Facebook profile picture to a family photo late Sunday evening and was flooded with condolences and well-wishes.
Friends were left heartbroken revisiting older pictures with Ms Wetzler’s two-year-old daughter in them.
“Breaks my heart looking at her. our mini Nikky,” wrote Debbi on a photo of her and her granddaughter.
In her profile, Ms Wetzler describes herself as a “full-time mummy” who previously worked at Casella Family Brands wineries.
She had a tattoo that said “Life won’t wait” and often posted photos with her daughter, described as a “little angel”.
One friend said she “woke up this morning hoping it was a dream”.
“Even though our hearts are breaking, I’m glad to have met you and that I got to call you a friend,” the friend wrote on Facebook on Monday.
“Fly High beautiful.”
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— with AAP