Family gain inquest after private research

Nadine Haag, a fit, healthy 33-year-old woman  was found dead in the shower of her Sydney unit. Photo / Supplied
Nadine Haag, a fit, healthy 33-year-old woman was found dead in the shower of her Sydney unit. Photo / Supplied

The death of a former Dunedin woman in New South Wales is to be looked at by the coroner following a private investigation by her family.

Nadine Ana Haag, 33, was found dead in her Castle Hill, New South Wales apartment on December 3, 2009.

Police concluded she may have taken her own life but her family disagreed and began their own investigation.

The family's story featured on the Australian current affair show Sunday Night last month, which reported that a New South Wales coroner had recommended an inquest into Nadine's death.

That inquest was expected to include evidence gathered by her brother Marcel and sisters Cherie, Chantal and Tasia.

The TV show revealed how the four siblings recreated the crime scene, which included gathering and reviewing evidence, and talking to neighbours.

Nadine had been in an alleged volatile relationship.

Her former partner has strenuously denied any involvement in her death, Sunday Night reported.

On the day of her death she had an appointment with a lawyer and had made plans to return with her young daughter to their family in Queensland.

Her body was found the following day in the shower.

As her death was treated as a suicide, police did no forensics work and took no fingerprints or DNA from the scene.

As part of their private investigations the siblings found a message tucked in behind the original suicide note saying, "He did it".

Those same words were also found just a few months ago - etched on a low tile in the bathroom by new residents of Nadine's former apartment.

Sunday Night reported they also could not locate the brown dress their sister was wearing on the day she died.

NSW Police were not available for comment yesterday.

- Otago Daily Times

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