By Andrew Griffits.
The bodies of a 26-year-old woman and a two-year-old boy have been found at the bottom of a cliff at Maroubra, in Sydney’s east, police have said.
Emergency services were called to the cliff face off Marine Parade about 8:30pm, after a call raised concerns about a mother and her son.
Police, surf lifesavers and ambulance officers, including the paramedic recue helicopter, were involved in the search for the pair.
Police said a crime scene had been established, however initial investigations suggest the deaths were not suspicious.
The woman and child have not been formally identified and a report will be prepared for the coroner.
Public shaken by young boy’s death
Anna Mamontova was amongst a number of people who went to the scene this morning to pay their respects.
She brought a teddy bear with her, with a message reading, “RIP little man, Amen.”
“I came to pay my respects for a child who has no choice,” she said.
Local resident Marie Anderson said it was “absolutely shocking”.
“We were inside and having our dinner, and we heard a lot of commotion,” Ms Anderson said.
“There were at least half a dozen police cars with their sirens blaring charging up the street.
“There were far too many police cars and we realised something was quite serious.
“So, we came out and joined some of our neighbours and realised that something serious had taken place.”
Ms Anderson said she experienced a sleepless night after learning of the deaths.
“Unfortunately for me I haven’t slept most of the night as a result of it,” she said.
“It’s only human.”
Ms Anderson said the fact that it happened at Easter was also upsetting.
“It’s holiday time, so it impacts even further,” she said.
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