Police and emergency services were called to Cooks Hill Sunday after the body of a 48-year-old woman was discovered at the bottom a stairwell leading into the Eclipse apartments around 3.35pm.
After initial reports suggesting the death may have been suspicious, Police announced on Monday that the death was not being treated as suspicious.
Newcastle City Police District’s Acting Inspector David Piddington said police were notified by residents of the apartments that a woman was injured.
“Emergency attended a female who was found outside the front of 123 Union Street, it’s actually the entrance to the apartments,” Mr Piddington said.
“She was found unconscious, she showed no sign of life and she was unable to be revived by ambulance.
“She was suffering injuries ... because she was at the bottom of a stairwell. The circumstances of how she received that are being looked into.”
Police believe the woman lived in a unit of the apartment block she was found outside of.
Mr Piddington said detectives were not aware of any witnesses to the woman’s death. “No witnesses of the incident itself,” he said. “A resident has also come and assisted.”
At 6pm on Sunday road blocks were still in place. Two detectives and two forensic investigators were assessing the scene.
“Until otherwise it is being treated with some brand of suspicion,” Mr Piddington said. “Just to ensure no one else is involved.”
“There is video footage being examined and, yeah, obviously [we’re looking at] the circumstance of her being found.”
Mr Piddington said he expected the road to re-open later on Sunday night.