– Officers have taken plaster casts of footprints at the home of a woman who was murdered and left out the back of her property.
Friends and relatives of Reservoir woman Teresa Mancuso, 49, were in shock as authorities last night carried out an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Police investigated several avenues of inquiry yesterday.
Officers questioned Ms Mancuso’s ex-husband, Fernando Paulino, and seized his Mitsubishi Pajero four-wheel-drive for examination.
At 9:45pm on Monday, Ms Mancuso was found near the garage of the Reservoir property that she shared with her mother, Rosina.
Police were called to the house after a neighbour heard an alarming noise.
An autopsy was being carried out late yesterday. Forensic officers were seen making plaster casts of footprints in the front lawn.
Ms Mancuso’s cousin, who gave her name only as Patricia, said she “couldn’t believe” the tragedy.
Ms Mancuso, who worked as a hairdresser at her brother’s North Melbourne salon, is believed to have divorced Mr Paulino about 15 years ago. They continued an “on-and-off-again relationship” until about three years ago. They have two sons, Daniel, 23, and Luke, 19.
Ms Mancuso moved in with her mother after her father died on July 12th, 2011.
Mr Paulino, an electrician, declined to comment when approached by the
at his Taylors Lakes home yesterday.
Julian D’Angelo, 27, who lives opposite the Reservoir home, said Ms Mancuso was “a great friend to my grandparents (and) a lovely lady”.
Detective David Snare said police wanted to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything.
Police had not charged anyone last night – David Hurley & Jon Kaila