NSW detectives are yet to formally speak with the former lover of murdered Brazilian woman Cecilia Haddad, whose body was found floating in a Sydney river, despite him making contact from his home town of Rio de Janeiro.
Mario Marcelo Santoro flew home to Brazil the same weekend the 38-year-old executive’s fully-clothed body was found floating in the Lane Cove River near Woolwich.
While the outcome of last week’s post-mortem examination has been closely guarded by investigators, the results led police to confirm the case was a homicide.
On Tuesday, The n newspaper reported that the kayakers who discovered Ms Haddad’s body on the morning of April 29, say they found weights stuffed into the pockets of her cargo pants.
Police say Mr Santoro remains a “person of interest”, along with others.
Mr Santoro, 40, has told News Corp that he has placed himself at the disposal of NSW Police, it was reported on Tuesday.
But a NSW Police spokeswoman told AAP that no arrest warrants had been issued and no formal statements have been made.
Mr Santoro and Ms Haddad had lived together in the past, but Ms Haddad had asked him to leave her home in Ryde – some six kilometres from where her body was found – in the weeks leading up to her death.
Homicide detectives are working under Strike Force Bronwyn to investigate the murder.
“Strike Force Bronwyn are continuing their inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the death of Cecilia Haddad both here and abroad,” police said in a statement.
“NSW Police Force has engaged with international partners, and given the sensitive nature of these inquiries, it is not appropriate to comment further.”
The dive squad may return to the area on Tuesday to search for evidence beneath Gladesville Bridge, a police spokeswoman told AAP.
Divers spent Friday searching for what is understood to be a set of keys, although it’s not clear who they belong to or what they may unlock.
Ms Haddad arrived in Western more than a decade ago before moving to Sydney in 2016 where she worked in mining and logistics.
At the weekend, her mother, brother and friends carried white roses as they gathered at a Rio church to remember the popular and successful woman.
“What happened to Cecilia is not normal; in the name of her family and friends we want justice,” Olivia Furst, the family’s lawyer, told the Seven Network, speaking in Portuguese on Saturday.
Detectives are yet to establish how Ms Haddad’s distinctive red Fiat came to be parked at West Ryde train station, where it was discovered the day after her body was found.
Ms Haddad’s ex-husband, Felipe Torres, who detectives believe was in Perth at the time of her death, flew from Western to formally identify her body.