1. Police hunt for missing man who left Australia after Brazilian woman Cecilia Haddad was found dead.
Police want to speak with a man who left Australia at the weekend when the body of Brazilian executive Cecilia Haddad was found in a Sydney river. The man is believed to have been an ex-boyfriend of the mining exec.
Kayakers found Ms Haddad’s fully-clothed body floating in the Lane Cove River at Woolwich, on Sydney’s lower north shore, on Sunday morning about six kilometres from her Ryde home.
Forensic pathologists on Wednesday conducted a post-mortem on Ms Haddad’s body. The findings have yet to be released.
Investigators on Wednesday evening confirmed they were trying to reach a man known to Ms Haddad who flew home to Brazil over the weekend. The exact nature of their relationship is unclear but Sydney media reports suggested he was a friend or former lover.
Homicide detectives plan to interview the man once he is located, NSW Police told AAP.
Investigators spent Wednesday poring over forensic reports, phone records, security camera footage and witness statements searching for a clue to her death. Earlier in the day, they said the key to finding the popular 38-year-old’s killer could be her distinctive Italian car. They said her red 2013 model Fiat 500 sedan was found parked at West Ryde train station on Sunday afternoon.
Ms Haddad was at a barbecue on Friday night and made her last known phone call to a friend between 8am and 9.30am on Saturday, Detective Acting Inspector Ritchie Sim said. The Daily Telegraph reported she “seemed anxious about something” in those hours, before friends called police when she failed to show up for social events.
Ms Haddad’s ex-husband, who detectives believe was in Perth at the time of her death, is co-operating with the investigation and travelling from Western Australia to formally identify her body.
Meanwhile, police will travel to Perth to visit Ms Haddad’s close friend of 11 years, Carolina Camara, who told Fairfax overnight she hopes she can “in some way” help police in their investigation. She would not comment on Ms Haddad’s ex-boyfriend, but said she would divulge everything she knew to police.
“I know personal things about Cecilia that I am going to share fully with [police], if it’s going to help some way, I hope so. She confided a lot in me,” she said.
2. Commonwealth Bank confirms they lost the financial statements of almost 20 million customers and never told them.
The Commonwealth Bank is reportedly facing renewed investigations after admitting it lost backup data on tape for more than 15 years of customer statements in 2016, affecting almost 20 million accounts.
The CBA’s acting group executive for retail banking services, Angus Sullivan, issued a video statement on YouTube after BuzzFeed Australia published an article about the incident on Wednesday.
Mr Sullivan assured customers their information had not been compromised and no action was required.
“The tapes did not contain PINs, passwords or other data that could enable account fraud,” he said.