NEIGHBOURS of a NSW high school teacher killed in her central coast home on Saturday night heard a loud thud coming from the house hours before her body was discovered.
Amanda Carter, 46, was found dead by her youngest daughter about 10am on Sunday in the bedroom of her Ivory Crescent home in Woongarrah.
Just before midnight the previous day, neighbour Wendy Beament said she heard a “loud thump, like something falling to the ground” coming from Ms Carter’s home, but it was only later that she realised the importance of the noise.
Police have spent the past two days investigating the one-storey brick home and are trying to piece together Ms Carter’s movements leading up to her death.
Ms Carter was a much-loved maths teacher at nearby Wyong Technology High School and also coached the school’s soccer team, had played with the Kanwal Warnervale Rovers Football Club for about 20 years and refereed for Central Coast Football for more than a decade.
Police are keen to look at any photographs or video footage that may have been taken at Pluim Park, in Lisarow, on Saturday when Ms Carter had been refereeing an under-16 boys representative match and been assistant referee for an under-18s match.
But Central Coast Football Referees chairman Wayne Connor said cameras were rarely used at the grounds.
Ms Carter was divorced from husband Howard Carter and had independently bought the four-bedroom brick home two years ago.
The mother of three children aged between 18 and 22 was more recently involved with a man known only as Richard, but that relationship had reportedly ended within the past two months.
Former students set up a Facebook page, Mrs Carter RIP, which had more than 600 members yesterday. “You always brought out the best in us miss . . . you never gave up on anyone,” wrote Heidi Olive. “It is such a shock and you will be greatly missed by many.”