A young woman has been found dead inside her Melbourne home, as it is revealed she may have been stalked and killed by a man she worked with.
Celeste Manno, 23, was found deceased in the Umbria Road property, in Mernda, about 4.10am Monday.
It is believed a 35-year-old man took himself to the Mernda police station, a four-minute drive from the victim’s home, where he was arrested.
The man is believed to have worked with Ms Manno at Serco, a call centre in Mill Park, the Herald Sun reported.
Celeste Manno (pictured), 23, was found dead inside her family’s Mernda home, in Melbourne’s northeast, in the early hours of Monday morning
Tributes have begun pouring in for the young criminology and psychology student (pictured) who has been remembered by friends as a ‘beautiful soul’
Pictured: Blood stains and evidence markers are seen on a side fence at the scene where a woman’s body was discovered
Her godmother Pina told the publication the young woman barely knew the man and was not in a relationship.
‘She didn’t even know him. They had met but they didn’t know each other,’ she said.
‘No one deserves this but least of all her … She was beautiful. She never did a single thing wrong.’
Ms Manno’s mother tried to run through the crime tape as her daughter’s body was removed from the house but was stopped by officers, while one woman screamed ‘how did I not protect her?’ as she was comforted by loved ones on the lawn.
Pina said the young victim’s mother would ‘never recover’ and ‘blames herself’.
‘She was home but there was nothing she could do.’
It is not known how the killer got inside and homicide detectives are still working to determine the circumstances surrounding her death.
Ms Manno’s mother tried to run through the crime tape as her daughter’s body was removed from the house
It is not known how the killer got inside and homicide detectives are still working to determine the circumstances surrounding Ms Manno’s death
Graphic images were captured of smeared blood spatters dripping down a metal fence on the property.
CCTV footage showed a car that may have been driven by the killer leave the property minutes before emergency crews arrived.
Tributes have started pouring in online for the young woman, who has been remembered by friends as a ‘beautiful soul’.
‘Fly High Beautiful girl,’ her friend Maddi Jonhnston wrote on Facebook.
‘The most loving, generous and kind hearted friend to everyone around her … You will be missed. I will forever cherish the memories that we made and for the friendship that we gained.
‘This world can be cruel, and you did not deserve this at all.’
‘Fly High Beautiful girl,’ one heartbroken friend wrote. ‘The most loving, generous and kind hearted friend to everyone around her … You will be missed’
Pictured: A mourner is seen after laying a bouquet of flowers outside of the scene where a woman’s body was discovered in Mernda, Melbourne
Tributes have begun pouring in online for the young woman, who has been remembered by friends as a ‘beautiful soul’. Pictured: A mourner leaving flowers
Another wrote: ‘Rest In Peace beautiful girl I swear to god I’m going to miss you so much.’
‘Words cannot describe what I’m feeling right now I’m shocked and this news, may you rest in peace and fly high our new angel.’
Friend Bertine Rashou said Ms Manno was’ the most beautiful soul’ she had ever encountered.
‘I am absolutely shocked and devastated. I have no words my heart is broken,’ Ms Rashou said.
Pictured: the scene where a woman’s body was discovered in Mernda, Melbourne, Monday, November 16
A forensic investigator is seen outside of the scene where a woman’s body was discovered in Mernda
Ms Manno was a criminology and psychology student at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, according to her social media profiles.
Devastating photos of mourners leaving flowers near the crime scene have emerged online.
One showed a woman kneeling by bouquets of flowers, sobbing.
A large group of devastated loved ones could be seen hugging and crying outside the four-bedroom home on Monday, where Ms Manno lived with her mother and other family members.
Crime scenes have been set up at the Umbria Road property (pictured) and at Mernda Police Station
A 35-year-old man has been arrested and remains under guard in hospital where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. Pictured: police at the scene on Monday
Serco boss Peter Welling said Ms Manno would be missed by staff.
‘Celeste has been a warmly regarded and valued member of our team. Her sudden and tragic loss has deeply affected all of us at Serco and is particularly heartbreaking for our colleagues who had the privilege to work with her,’ he said.
Crime scenes have been set up at northeast Melbourne residence and at the police station.
Blood was visible on a fence at the property and a blue Peugeot outside the police station underwent forensic testing on Monday.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
If you need help in a crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. If you or someone you know is affected by domestic violence, contact 1800RESPECT.