A young mother’s body has been found at her home as police continue to question a man thought to be her partner as part of a murder investigation.
Tributes have been paid to the woman named as Katie Haley, 29, from Diggers Rest in Melbourne’s north east after her death on Friday.
Neighbours said the incident came just days after arguing and swearing had been allegedly heard coming from the house.
The body of young mum Katie Haley (pictured with her partner Shane Robertson) was found at her home on Friday night
The couple had two young children together and reportedly rented the home in Diggers Rest, north east Melbourne
Police were called shortly after 11pm and found Ms Haley’s body inside the property, Victoria Police said
Ms Haley, a mother of two young children, was found dead at the scene when officers arrived, Victoria Police said.
A man, who police said is known to the victim and is understood to be Shane Robertson, Ms Haley’s partner, was arrested and taken in for questioning at 12.40am on Saturday.
He was arrested more than an hour after police were called at another house around 10km away in Sunbury.
The 28-year-old man has remained in police custody all day.
Friends and family have called Ms Haley a ‘beautiful person’ in paying tribute to her.
Lana Ryan said ‘My heart breaks for your family and most of all my heart beaks for such a beautiful person and mother gone too soon and so unnecessarily.
A murder investigation has now been launched by homicide detectives from Victoria Police
Ms Haley, who is understood to be a hairdresser but also worked at a nearby pub, was described as a ‘beautiful person’
Police have held a 28-year-old man in custody, believed to be Ms Haley’s partner Shane Robertson
‘I will miss your face and all our nail dates. RIP forever beautiful.’
Tania Haley-Unwin, thought to be Ms Haley’s mother, said ‘May our beautiful daughter, sister and mum rest in peace. I promise to look after your beautiful children.’
Ms Haley is understood to be a hairdresser but was working at Castello’s Victorian Tavern, a pub around 15 minutes away from her house.
Police confirmed to Daily Mail Australia on Saturday evening that no charges have been laid yet by officers.
Emergency services were called to a family home in the quiet suburban street in the suburb shortly after 11pm on Friday.
Police confirmed to Daily Mail Australia on Saturday evening no charges have been laid yet by officers
‘The exact circumstances surrounding the incident are yet to be established,’ police said
Neighbours reported they had allegedly heard shouting and loud arguments in the week but heard nothing during the incident.
It is being reported by the Herald Sun that Ms Haley’s 28-year-old partner, Shane Robertson, has been taken in for questioning by police.
Victoria Police said in a statement a man has been assisting officers with their inquiries but were unable to comment on his identity.
They confirmed the man in custody and the victim were known to each other.
A spokesman for the force said ‘The exact circumstances surrounding the incident are yet to be established and the investigation is ongoing.
‘The parties are believed to be known to each other.’
Homicide and forensic detectives spent the night Friday at the modern property in the suburb which the family of four are understood to have rented, the Herald Sun reports.
The family home in Diggers Rest where police remained throughout the night on Friday
Terry Parnis told the publication he had not heard anything on the night and neighbours were concerned about the young children.
He added ‘During the week I’ve heard a lot of arguing. It’s a very quiet street, the nosiest thing we get is birds.’
Police are urging anyone who saw or heard anything around Fairfield Crescent to contact them through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online.
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