A woman whose body was found floating in a dam at a Hare Krishna retreat on the New South Wales far north coast had been staying at the sanctuary to sort out “troubles” with a male companion.
The 30-year-old woman, of Tweed Heads, was found by community members at the spiritual retreat at Eungella, near Murwillumbah, about 8.30pm (AEDT) yesterday. The woman, who has not been identified, and her male companion had spent the week sorting out “troubles” at the retreat, Channel 10 reported.
At least one local resident heard the couple fighting on the night of her death, it said.
The man has left the retreat and is staying with relatives, the report said.
Inspector Ross Wilkinson said police were treating the death as suspicious.
“She was located by community centre members, men and women, and at this stage we’re treating the deceased as a suspicious death,” Insp Wilkinson said.
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Hare Krishna community spokesman Murari Caitania said people who needed help were sometimes invited to stay at the centre.
“We’re not a violent people and we don’t condone violence of any sort, even to animals,” Mr Caitania said.
“If you drive on to our property even animals have right of way on the roads.”