The worried father of a pregnant woman found dead inside her estranged partner's home was the one who made the heartbreaking discovery after going to check on her.
Australian Michelle Darragh, 32, a mum of two young boys who was expecting her third child, died at the Melbourne home of her former partner about 7.30pm on Saturday.
Darragh and 29-year-old Ben Coman were both found inside the Huntingdon Ave property with life threatening injuries.
She could not be saved.
A neighbour told NCA NewsWire it was Darragh's father who made the tragic discovery.
He dropped in to check on her after growing concerned she hadn't returned home earlier that afternoon.
The neighbour said the first he learned of the tragedy was when he wandered outside about 7.30pm and found Darragh's mum crying and screaming.
It's been reported Darragh and Coman had recently separated after five years together and she had returned to the house on Saturday afternoon to collect some belongings.
The social worker had been living with her parents in The Basin during the separation, and they grew concerned when she hadn't returned by the evening.
The neighbour, who had known the couple for several years, said Darragh's dad couldn't get into the house through the front door, so he had to climb the fence and go through the back, which is when he made the traumatic discovery and phoned emergency services.
Coman, a cabinet maker, was rushed to hospital where he remains under police guard. A police spokeswoman said on Tuesday he was yet to be interviewed by homicide squad detectives.
No charges have been laid.
The neighbour told NCA NewsWire he saw police forensics carry a bloodied mattress from the house on Monday afternoon.
A pile of what looked like bloodied clothes was also spotted inside the house after the tragedy unfolded.
An older couple, believed to be Coman's parents, returned to the house on Tuesday afternoon and were involved in a heated exchange with a neighbour.
Detectives joined them at the property and a number of items, including flowers and what appeared to be a blanket and clothes, were carried from the house.
A white SUV, believed to be the vehicle driven by Darragh, was removed from the driveway.
A floral tribute had also been left for Darragh under the mailbox.
Neighbour Trent Falahey said they were a "nice family" and the street was in shock.
He said he never would have imagined something like this could have happened and the couple, along with their young boys, often came over for barbecues.
Darragh's brother told 9 News in a statement that his sister was a "beautiful soul who put everyone's needs before herself".
"Our family has lost a beautiful daughter and sister. We are beside ourselves with emotion," he said.
"She absolutely adored her boys and gave her life to them."
Australian Association of Social Workers national president Vittorio Cintio also paid tribute to Darragh.
"Our condolences go out to the family of Michelle during this deeply traumatic time," he said.
Police are yet to charge anyone of Darragh's death but say they are not looking for anybody else in relation to the incident.
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