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ER nurse Michelle Beets found dead on doorstep in Chatswood, Sydney

A WOMAN found dead on the porch of her Sydney suburb home has been identified as the emergency department nursing manager at Royal North Shore Hospital.

Police said Michelle Beets had been “callously murdered”, The Daily Telegraph reports.

A couple out walking their dog discovered her body lying on the verandah of her Holland St, Chatswood, home just before 6.30pm yesterday.

It appeared Ms Beets was attacked in her home and died from her wounds as she tried to get help.

Superintendent Terry Dalton said Ms Beets had just returned home from work, when her attacker struck.

“She had particularly callous injuries,” he said.

Ms Beets, aged in her late 50s, lived at the house with her partner.

Witnesses said they saw a man wearing a green hoodie running from the address. He was carrying a backpack.

Detectives are today canvassing the area and searching for the murder weapon, believed to be a knife.

Ms Beets was the respected nurse manager of the emergency unit at RNS.

The hospital now has the difficult task of informing her colleagues this morning.

“They’re a very closely knit team,” a hospital spokeswoman said. “Naturally they’re (devastated)”.

Source on the net: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/er-nurse-michelle-beets-found-dead-on-doorstep-in-chatswood-sydney/story-e6frf7jo-1225859280265