Police made the gruesome discovery at a unit on Lambeth St in January. Picture Yuri Kouzmin
Police made the gruesome discovery at a unit on Lambeth St in January. Picture Yuri Kouzmin

Mum in bath had been dead for months

THE family of a mother-of-four whose decomposing body was found in Kensington in January are appealing to the public to help solve her grisly death.

Police made the gruesome discovery after attending a public housing property at Lambeth St on 3 January on an unrelated matter.

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Sarah Gatt, 40, was found in a bathtub and forensic testing revealed she died sometime between 20 - 24 April last year.

Homicide detectives believe a violent assault took place at the home prior to her death and conscious steps were taken to conceal her body and imply she was still alive several months after her death.

Three men and two women were all questioned by police in April however no one has been charged and all five were released pending further inquiries.

They remain persons of interest in this investigation.

Sarah Gatt was found in a bathtub and forensic testing revealed she died sometime in April. Picture Yuri kouzmin
Sarah Gatt was found in a bathtub and forensic testing revealed she died sometime in April. Picture Yuri kouzmin

Homicide Detective Inspector Tim Day, said police were keen to speak to anyone who had information about Sarah's death or her movements in April last year.

"It's disturbing and concerning to investigators that it appears someone has deliberately attempted to make it look as though Sarah was still alive," Insp Day said.

"There are people out there who know what happened to Sarah and we are urging them to come forward and speak to police."

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Insp Day said detectives were particularly interested in speaking to anyone who received information to suggest that Sarah was still alive after her death in April.

Detectives will be joined by Sarah's family today to launch a public appeal to solve the mother's death.

None of Sarah's four children were living with her at the property at the time of her death.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

genevieve.alison@news.com.au



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