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Coogee Murder: Kimberley McRae had hands tied and a towel over her head when she was killed

EXCLUSIVE: “Coogee Strangler” tied sex worker with cable ties, gagging her mouth and wrapped a towel around her head – while the killer stays on the run a month after fleeing the beach apartment in Sydney

  • Kimberley McRae was found murdered on January 14 in her eastern unit in Sydney
  • The body of the 69-year-old sex worker was found in her unit on Mount St, in Coogee
  • It can be revealed that Mrs. McRae’s hands were tied and she had a towel over her head
  • NSW investigators for murder cases still have to arrest for the murder of atrocities
  • Police said Mrs. McRae worked in the sex industry and used other names
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Kimberley McRae (photo) was found dead in her apartment in Coogee on January 14

Kimberley McRae (photo) was found dead in her apartment in Coogee on January 14

A sex worker who was found dead in her beach unit, was tied up, gagged and had her head covered with a towel, it can be revealed.

The body of Kimberley McRae was discovered on January 14 in her apartment on Mount Street, Coogee, in the eastern suburbs of Sydney.

Daily Mail Australia has been told that at her last moments Mrs. McRae’s arms were held behind her back with cable ties and that a towel was wrapped around her head.

It is thought that the 69-year-old was strangled.

More than a month after the horror murder, the NSW investigators are still on the hunt for Mrs. McRae’s murderer – called the “Coogee Strangler.”

A transgender woman who was also known as ‘Sabrina’, Mrs. McRae was a well-known identity around Coogee.

Mrs. McRae, a sex worker who also used the name “Sabrina”, had her hands tied with cable ties and a towel over her head when she was murdered, can reveal Daily Mail Australia

She lived alone and did not own a vehicle, but was known for walking and practicing in the area and had a ‘distinct personal style with recognizable characteristics’.

Detective Danny Doherty, New South Wales murder investigator, said at the time of her murder that Mrs. McRae’s last known observation took place in her Coogee unit on January 7.

He said that the seven days until her body was found on Tuesday remain a mystery.

“Researchers know that Kim has worked in the sex industry and may be known to some of her employees as Isabella, Samantha and Sabrina,” said Det Supt Doherty.

“Of course we would like to talk to anyone who has information or knowledge about Kim’s social activities.”

Reportedly, Mrs. McRae’s body had been in her apartment for a few days by the time the alarm went off.

Because she could not have had contact with her for several days, McRae’s Melbourne-based sister called her broker.

It was while carrying out the welfare check that they made the grim discovery.

Mrs. McRae was found dead in her Coogee unit (above). Pots and pans were on the kitchen bench, medicines were placed on top of the fridge and a portable air-conditioning unit was installed

Mrs. McRae was found dead in her Coogee unit (above). Pots and pans were on the kitchen bench, medicines were placed on top of the fridge and a portable air-conditioning unit was installed

Mrs. McRae was found dead in her Coogee unit (above). Pots and pans were on the kitchen bench, medicines were placed on top of the fridge and a portable air-conditioning unit was installed

Mrs. McRae's worried Melbourne-based sister contacted her broker when she was unable to contact her. The cop and police then made the horrific discovery of her murdered body in the Coogee unit

Mrs. McRae's worried Melbourne-based sister contacted her broker when she was unable to contact her. The cop and police then made the horrific discovery of her murdered body in the Coogee unit

Mrs. McRae’s worried sister from Melbourne contacted her broker when she could no longer make contact. The cop and police then made the horrific discovery of her murdered body in the Coogee unit

Photographs of the Mount St unit showed fingerprint dust plastered over the kitchen cabinets and walls, pots and pans stacked on the stove and medication on top of a small refrigerator.

A portable air conditioner was in the center of the living room.

The unit has since been cleaned up by the police.

Mrs. McRae wrote a book last year entitled “Hey Boys, She’s Got a Gash and other Tales of Gods – A Memoir” – describing transgender’s struggles.

Her good friend Presley Hunter paid tribute to Mrs. McRae and described her as one of the nicest people she knew.

“She has been an icon of Coogee for more than ten years. She was “there” but she is the nicest person I know, “she said.

A friend Presley Hunter (right) described Mrs. McRae (left) as “an icon of Coogee for more than a decade”

Mrs. McRae wrote a book called Isabella Lawson last year, describing the struggles of a transgender living in eastern Sydney

Mrs. McRae wrote a book called Isabella Lawson last year, describing the struggles of a transgender living in eastern Sydney

Mrs. McRae wrote a book called Isabella Lawson last year, describing the struggles of a transgender living in eastern Sydney

Police said a post-mortem investigation had been conducted, but further tests are required to determine exactly how Mrs. McRae died.

An autopsy is currently being performed by the coroner, whose investigators hope they will provide a clearer picture of how she died.

Anyone with information about Mrs. McRae’s death is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000.

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