A mother-of-two’s body lay wrapped in plastic at a disused chicken factory for up to two weeks before her remains were dumped on the banks of a creek.
Danielle Easey – who made national headlines when she was born during the 1989 Newcastle earthquake – was found dead on the banks of Cockle Creek at Lake Macquarie on August 31.
Police believe the 29-year-old was allegedly murdered on or around August 17 at one of two share houses on the Central Coast, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Ms Easey’s body was thought to have been driven to the former chicken factory in Cardiff, 80km away, where it stayed for up to a fortnight before her alleged killer disposed of her body, the paper reported.
On Thursday detectives arrested a 33-year-old man at the factory in Cardiff just before 10am and took him to Belmont Police Station.
About an hour later, a 32-year-old woman was arrested at a home at Holmesville, in Newcastle, and taken to Toronto Police Station.
Danielle Easey – who made national news when she was born during the 1989 Newcastle earthquake – was found dead on the banks of Cockle Creek at Lake Macquarie on August 31
The man has been charged with murder and was refused bail to appear at Belmont Local Court on Friday.
The woman was charged with accessory after the fact to murder and dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception. She was also refused bail and will appear at Toronto Local Court on Friday.
Speaking in the wake of the arrests, Acting Detective Superintendent Jason Dickinson revealed Ms Easey suffered a violent end.
‘A post-mortem examination confirmed that Danielle had been seriously assaulted and suffered stab wounds,’ he said.
Mr Dickinson said the two people who were arrested had known Ms Easey for ‘some time’.
On Thursday detectives arrested a 33-year-old man at an industrial premise at Cardiff just before 10am and took him to Belmont Police Station. About an hour later, a 32-year-old woman was arrested at a home at Holmesville and taken to Toronto Police Station
Speaking in the wake of the arrests, Acting Detective Superintendent Jason Dickinson revealed Ms Easey allegedly suffered a violent end
‘All three [people] were associates and known to each other for some time. The exact nature of the relationship is not something I will go into today,’ he said.
‘Based on the information we have to hand today there is nothing indicating there are other people involved other than those we have arrested today.’
Ms Easey, who lived in Booragul with family, had spent the weeks before her alleged murder couch-surfing at multiple locations.
Her social media accounts were allegedly hacked in a bid to rob her of money, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Amid the arrests on Thursday, detectives executed two crime scene warrants at the Cardiff industrial premise.
They also searched the Holmesville house and a home at Narara, in the Central Coast.
A Mitsubishi Delica was seized and has been forensically examined. Police allege the car was used to transport Ms Easey’s body, Newcastle Herald reported.
Mr Easey was allegedly killed at the home in Narara before she was taken to the chicken factory.
A Mitsubishi Delica was seized and has been forensically examined
Homicide Squad detectives arrested two people in connection to the murder of Danielle Easey on Thursday
Detectives searched the Cardiff industrial premise (pictured) and a home at Narara
Mr Easey’s brother Brendan told Newcastle News of his family’s relief detectives had made arrests.
‘The detectives have been great, we would like to thank the public for their support and, of course, our family and friends for helping us stay strong during this horrible ordeal,’ he said.
‘It is the next step in the ordeal but at least now we can focus on Dell and how she changed all of our lives for the better.’
Ms Easey’s mother Jenny described her daughter as a beautiful person and terrific mother, Nine News reported.
‘Danielle was a beautiful person, she was a terrific mother, she had a big heart,’ she said.
‘I still think it’s a dream sometimes that I wish I could wake up from.’
Ms Easey previously wrote to a local community group about a terrifying attempted break-and-enter which left her ‘living in fear’
Ms Easey wrote on local Facebook group about a terrifying attempted break-and-enter
Ms Easey, known as ‘Dell’ to her loved ones, was working to get away from a ‘bad crowd’ she had been associating with in the months before her death.
The mother-of-two revealed she was the victim of a horrific encounter with alleged thieves in a post to a Facebook group for the Belmont area on October 2, 2018.
‘On the 14th of September my car was broken into as you know and stuff was stolen,’ Ms Easey wrote.
‘The thieves had tried to get into my house as the police found a hand print on my front window trying to push it up to get into my house, I thank the heavens they didn’t get in.’
Ms Easey said the police were ‘great’ help and told her the hand print did not match anyone in their system.
‘I don’t usually lock my windows I like the night air, but that night for some reason I locked all my windows,’ Ms Easey continued.
‘I’m sharing this so people in the BELMONT area are aware.’
‘No worse fear then living in fear in your own home… Keep your windows locked!’
Ms Easey was asked if they knew her alleged attackers and she wrote that they were likely a gang of youths
A local resident wrote that a baseball bat should be used to stop the thieves from the break and enter and Ms Easey gave an eerie response
Ms Easey was asked if she knew her alleged attackers and she wrote that they were likely a gang of youths.
‘No I’m most certain it’s the young group of ‘lads’ under the age of 18 that have been getting around robbing other people and their hard earned things,’ Ms Easey wrote.
A local resident wrote that a baseball bat should be used to fight off the robbers and Ms Easey gave an eerie response.
‘Most definitely would use anything I had to if they were to get inside they definitely wouldn’t have left that house only by body bag or emergency but I wouldn’t go out of my way to find them and try find out,’ Ms Easey wrote.
‘I was fortunate enough to have my brother he is at night and had protection so if anyone was to get inside it wouldn’t have been good so I’m just glad didn’t happen.
‘I just want to make other people aware which I’m sure most people are but our hard earned money is being stolen from it and nothing’s been done about it and we are living in fear some of it and nothing’s been done about it I’m frustrated.’
Ms Easey revealed on the Facebook post that she was living in fear in her own house the year before her death
Ms Easey also wrote that her friend was ‘heavily assaulted’ while walking home in the area
Ms Easey said the robbery saw the thieves take brand new Nike shoes, her three year old’s car seat and money.
She also wrote that her friend was ‘heavily assaulted’ while walking home in the area.
On Saturday, Ms Easey’s jailed boyfriend appeared at her funeral in chains.
Ben Todd said he would never forgive himself for not being there when she was allegedly killed as hundreds gathered to farewell the mother-of-two in a packed service.
The convict, who is serving a sentence at Shortland Correctional Centre for common assault and damaging property, was behind bars at the time of her death.
He arrived at the service in Ryhope, near Newcastle wearing handcuffs and leg chains, flanked by two prison officers to prevent him from fleeing custody during the service.
‘I’m so sorry I wasn’t there to protect you,’ he said through tears. ‘I’ll never forgive myself.’
Benjamin Todd, the boyfriend of Danielle Easey, delivered an emotional tribute at her funeral on Saturday. He had arrived on day release from prison, where he is locked up on charges of damaging property and assault
Mr Todd told mourners he would ‘never forgive himself’ for not being able to protect Ms Easey, whose body was found wrapped up in plastic on the banks of Cockle Creek in Lake Macquarie
Ms Easey’s mother, Jennifer Collier (centre) was seen tearfully hugging mourners, and led the procession our of the chapel after the service
Benjamin Todd (left), the boyfriend of Danielle Easey, was consoled by the woman’s brother, Brendan (right), after speaking at the funeral service
Mr Todd said he had ‘the most amazing time’ with Ms Easey, who he said made him laugh every day and showered him with gifts, as he did for her.
‘I truly loved her and I’m so glad I got to spend what little time I had with her,’ he said.
Ms Easey’s sister Tahnee told the crowd she was still ‘speechless’ over the sudden loss of her beloved sibling.
‘There aren’t enough words in the world for you,’ she said.
‘You were my soulmate and my best friend. You were a sensational mother, not only to your children but to everyone around you.
‘I could talk for hours about you, but everyone here already knows what kind of person you were.
Ms Easey’s brother, Brendan (pictured) was seen embracing mourners outside the chapel, as his sister Tahnee (right) stood to the side
Mr Todd stood back as the balloons were released, and was quickly escorted into a a police van when the funeral ended
The body of murder victim Danielle ‘Dell’ Louise Easey is laid to rest at a funeral service held at Ryhope Memorial Park
‘You were one truly amazing person. I’ll cherish every moment spent with you.
‘You never failed to make me laugh and you never failed to show me unconditional love.’
Ms Easey (pictured as a baby being held by mother Jennifer) was given the nickname ‘Quaker’ after she was born on a patch of grass during Newcastle’s 1989 earthquake
Ms Easey made national headlines when she was famously born on a patch of grass in Newcastle during the region’s 1989 earthquake.
She was given the nickname ‘Quaker’ after her birth.
When the hospital was evacuated, her mother Jennifer Collier was forced to give birth in a makeshift tent made of sheets.
Ms Easey was born 90 minutes after the 5.6 tremor struck Newcastle – reducing part of the city to rubble.
The 29-year-old had two children, Reef and Mahli, and a close friend, who asked not to be named, told Daily Mail Australia she was working hard to build a life for them.
In the months before she died, Ms Easey had been studying to be a teachers aide. Her children were in the care of their fathers, and she was working to get away from a ‘bad crowd’ she had been associating with.
A friend of Danielle Easey (right) earlier revealed someone had used the 29-year-old’s phone and key card just days ago – well after the time police believe she was killed
Ms Easey’s sister Tahnee told friends and family the woman was her ‘best mate’, and her heart was ‘broken into pieces’ (pictured: Danielle Easey)