A post mortem on the body of a young Sydney woman "found strangled" in her unit was unable to determine how she died.
In a statement this morning, NSW police said a post mortem was conducted on the body of 32-year-old finance executive Kate Malonyay yesterday.
Police said she may have been lying in her apartment in Mosman for up to four days before her body was discovered by paramedics on Monday afternoon.
"The results of that post mortem were inconclusive, but I can say the body of Kate Malonyay had bruising and as a result we are treating the investigation as suspicious," Superintendent Alan Sicard told media this morning.
"What we are appealing for is anybody who has knowledge of the movement of Kate Malonyay probably since last Wednesday, 17th April, to please contact police."
Supt. Sicard said Ms Malonyay was last seen last Wednesday and was supposed to return to work on Thursday or Friday.
He said the investigation was "serious" and "sensitive" and police had worked non-stop contacting a "volume" of people about the death.
Officers cordoned off the garage of the unit and crime tape was used to cover five bins inside the area.
A relative yesterday said Ms Malonyay had been "strangled" inside the ground-floor unit, the Daily Telegraph reported.
A close friend phoned police after Ms Malonyay failed to show up to work and her friends could not reach her.
Her mother reportedly arrived in Sydney from Avoca on the NSW central coast yesterday to identify her body.
Her brother, who teaches in Spain, was also flying home.
Ms Malonyay, who had a boyfriend, moved from Avoca several years ago after her father died.
She worked as a general manager at the Challenger financial services group.
The popular staff member had been at the company for three years, the company's chief executive Brian Benari said in a statement.
"All of Kate's friends and colleagues at Challenger are deeply shocked and saddened by the news," the statement read.
"Kate worked for Challenger for three years and was a much-liked and valued member of staff.
Nothing was ever too much trouble for Kate. She will be remembered for her sense of humour, easygoing nature and professionalism. Our thoughts are now with her family."
Friends took to Facebook to express their sorrow.
"I can't believe. Someone would hurt you Kate malonyay you were so sweet and a beautiful sole xxrest in peace," one friend wrote.
Source: AAP, Daily Telegraph
Author: Erin Tennant and Alexandra Pleffer, Approving editor: Emma Chamberlain