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The body discovered in Brunswick River November 29, 2017 has been identified by police as Carley Metcalfe. Photo NSW police.

The body spotted by locals in Brunswick River, in the mangroves between Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads, on November 29, 2017 has been identified by police as Carley Metcalfe.

Carley was reported missing to Lismore police on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 with police investigations suggesting she was last seen in Mullumbimby.

Police have said her family have been advised.

The ‘Cause of death is unknown at this point and will be a matter for the Coroner to determine,’ said Detective Chief Inspector, Brendon Cullen from the Tweed Byron Local Area Command.

‘We are still very interested to hear from anyone that may have seen or heard from Ms Metcalfe in the days and weeks leading to the discovery of her body.’ 

The body was identified by dental records.

Police are appealing for anyone who has any information, to contact Byron police station on (02) 6685 9499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.

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  1. This is awful news. FYI her preferred name, which she blogged under, was Carly-Jay Metcalfe.
    She was an accomplished writer and poet, preciously based in West End in Brisbane, and battled the life-threatening disease Cystic Fibrosis her whole life. Which makes her apparent drowning(?) doubly ironic. RIP Carly-Jay.

    • This is not Carly-Jay Metcalfe the writer, a different person who is still alive. Please remove your comment to avoid unnecessary stress to her family and friends. Also, as a person with cf myself, your throwaway line about death by drowning as ‘doubly ironic’ is unbelievably offensive.

      • It’s with absolute devastation that I read this awful news. Thank you Liz, for letting me know and thanks to Damien for clearing up the confusion. But this isn’t about me. It’s about Carley, and I want to send love, strength and healing to her family and friends. Rest In Peace, beautiful girl XO

  2. this is really sad and shocking for our community, Carley lived near us for a while in Wilsons Creek and was always hitching about with her young child – always looked like life was tough for her. I always felt for her, and then she moved out of the area. Saw her just before her death in Byron looking strained. Really feel for her family and especially for her young child.

  3. Hi Damien,
    Yes I was mistaken, and confused the identity of this person with someone else with a similar name. I posted a further comment last Friday stating this, apologising and retracting.
    WHY hasn’t THE ECHO published this retraction, which I am certain was sent long before your comment was even made?
    It was an honest mistake, that I’m sure would be distressing both for the victim’s friends and family, and for the person I initially thought this was about.
    So please, ECHO, will you either publish my retraction or delete my initial comment ASAP? It’s beyond me why you haven’t done so already. Very poor form.


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