Police investigate soccer refereeing link in maths teacher Amanda Carter’s death

POLICE are investigating possible links between the murder of a high school teacher in her NSW central coast home and her soccer referee duties.

Fellow teachers, family and friends will be interviewed by police investigating the murder of Wyong High School maths teacher Amanda Carter.

Homicide squad detectives have joined the investigation into the death of the 46-year-old, who was found by a family member in a bedroom of her Ivory Crescent home at Woongarrah at about 10am (AEST) yesterday.  Investigators are particularly interested in Ms Carter’s movements and interactions on Saturday when she refereed a game of soccer at Pluim Park, south of her home, near Lisarow.

Detective Chief Inspector Julie Hurst on Monday said police were very interested in information about, or footage of, Ms Carter during or after the match she refereed on Saturday. “Detectives are also keen to speak to anyone who was at Pluim Park, Lisarow, on Saturday and may have seen Amanda, who was refereeing from 12.30pm,” Insp Hurst said in a statement. “We are also appealing for anyone who may have taken vision of any of the game after 12.30pm.

“We are also keen to hear of anyone who saw anything unusual, or had interactions with her.”  Neighbours reported hearing a loud thud from Ms Carter’s home the night before she was found dead, Fairfax online reports.  Ms Carter is believed to have three children and until recently lived with a partner at the Woongarrah property.  “We are interviewing family and friends in an effort to establish Amanda’s activities in the hours before her body was discovered on Sunday morning,” Insp Hurst said.

“We are very keen to speak with any of her friends and associates who have not yet been contacted by police.”  Students at Wyong High School on Monday were mourning the loss of the highly-regarded maths teacher.

“Counselling and support have been made available to students and staff, some of whom have taken it up,” a Department of Education and Training spokesman said in a statement today.

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