The death of a former Dunedin woman in New South Wales is
to be looked at by the coroner following a private
investigation by her family.
Nadine Ana Haag (33) was found dead in her Castle Hill
apartment, in northwest Sydney, on December 3, 2009.
A note, pills and a razor were found at the scene, leading
police to conclude she had taken her own life.
However, her family disagreed with that decision and began
their own investigation.
Following her death, her family came back to Dunedin and the
suburb of Brockville in January 2010 to visit, and to allow
friends to pay their respects to Nadine.
Last month, her sister Chantal wrote on the Dunedin suburb's
"At the time we were not able to say much about the
circumstances surrounding Nadine's death as it was still
being investigated by the NSW police".
"We hope that this may explain why we were quiet about her
The family's story featured last month on the Australian
current affair show Sunday Night, which confirmed a
New South Wales coroner had recommended an inquest into
That inquest was expected to include evidence gathered by her
brother, Marcel, and sisters Cherie, Chantal and Tasia.
The television show revealed how the four siblings re-created
the crime scene, which included gathering and reviewing
evidence, and talking to neighbours.
Nadine had been in an allegedly volatile relationship.
Her former partner has strenuously denied any involvement in
her death, Sunday Night reported.
On the day of her death she had an appointment with a lawyer
and had made plans to return with her young daughter to their
family in Queensland.
Her body was found the following day in the shower.
As her death was treated as a suicide, police did no
forensics work and took no fingerprints or DNA from the
As part of their private investigations, the siblings found
tucked behind the original suicide note; a message saying:
"He did it".
The same words were found just a few months ago - etched on a
low tile in the bathroom - by new residents of Nadine's
Sunday Night also reported the siblings could not
locate the brown dress their sister was wearing on the day
Toxicology reports, based on the empty packets of pills
located at the scene, have indicated she had taken less than
a therapeutic dose.
While a razer was found, Nadine's wound was considered to be
so deep that another weapon may have been used.
The siblings were unable to find two knives from of a set of
six belonging to the property.
The lack of blood from her artery as a result of it being cut
has also been questioned by the family.
Nadine was described by a fellow former Kaikorai Valley High
School pupil as "lovely".
"She had an outgoing personality and was very sporty."
Her family had posted a photo collage of Nadine on the
video-sharing website YouTube. It ends with the message "I
love you more than words can say, never stop loving, never
stop living, never stop!"
The Otago Daily Times approached NSW police for
comment but has had no response.