Mum found dead in garage after ‘assault’

A MOTHER-of-three found dead inside her garage on Victoria's Phillip Island suffered "assault injuries", with detectives investigating whether someone tampered with the crime scene.

Samantha Fraser, 38, was dead inside her garage on Seagrove Way in Cowes on Monday when police visited to check on her after she failed to pick up her two daughters and son from school.

Samantha Fraser was found dead at her Phillip Island home.
Samantha Fraser was found dead at her Phillip Island home.

"Unfortunately she was not here to pick her children up at school which prompted the school at about 3.30pm to contact the police," Detective Sergeant Steve Sheahan told reporters on Friday.

A post-mortem found "she had suffered assault injuries", Mr Sheahan said.

A 42-year-old man from Paynesville, in the state's Gippsland region, who knew Ms Fraser has been interviewed and released without charge.

Floral tributes have been left for Samantha Fraser in the main street of Cowes. Picture: Nicole Garmston
Floral tributes have been left for Samantha Fraser in the main street of Cowes. Picture: Nicole Garmston

Detectives are looking at whether there was any interference with the crime scene, and have already spoken with a number of people.

Ms Fraser had dropped her children at primary school, had coffee with friends but failed to attend an appointment at midday, Mr Sheahan said.

More than $22,000 has already been raised for her children and family in an online fundraiser via social media platform, Facebook, which hopes to raise $40,000.

Homicide Detective Stephen Sheahan investigate after Samantha Fraser a mother of 3 was found deceased in her Seagrove way home in Cowes. Picture: Nicole Garmston
Homicide Detective Stephen Sheahan investigate after Samantha Fraser a mother of 3 was found deceased in her Seagrove way home in Cowes. Picture: Nicole Garmston

Anyone with information on her movements between 11am and 3.30pm on Monday, or with dashcam or CCTV footage from around the street, have been urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Detectives want to speak to anyone who may have been seen entering the Seagrove Way property the day she died.

The mum of three was found in her home. Picture: Nicole Garmston
The mum of three was found in her home. Picture: Nicole Garmston

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