The haunting 11-minute phone call a desperate woman made to police to report a ‘prowler’ in her home before they turn up to find her best friend ‘stabbed to death’ – as family post a heartbreaking tribute to the young mum
- Body of Gabrielle Marshall, 23, was located in Tasmanian suburb Ulverstone
- The woman had relocated to the Apple Isle from Brisbane three weeks ago
- Her friend was on the phone to police for 11 minutes begging for help
- Police believe the alleged stabbing attack was random by a total stranger
- Haunting pictures were taken on the night she died showing Ms Marshall happy
The friend of a young mum allegedly stabbed to death by a neighbourhood ‘prowler’ made a desperate 11 minute phone call to police after discovering him in her home.
Gabrielle Marshall, 23, moved to the Apple Isle from Brisbane just three weeks ago, but was found dead in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Just hours before her death, she had taken happy pictures of a new hairstyle to show friends and family back in Queensland.
She was found dead at 3am on Tuesday at an address in Main St in Ulverstone, in the state’s north-west, after the friend she was staying with called police.
Police say her friend called triple zero around 3am on Tuesday to report a man allegedly ‘prowling’ in the house.
She stayed on the line for 11 minutes. In that time, officers arrived and discovered Gabrielle’s body in a room.
Gabrielle Marshall, 23, moved to the Apple Isle from Brisbane just three weeks ago, but was found dead in a friend’s house after being allegedly stabbed to death
Gabrielle Marshall (pictured), who was allegedly stabbed to death what police say was an apparent random attack in Tasmania was the mother of a six-year-old girl and had been trying to ‘getting her life in order’
Gabrielle Marshall (pictured left) has been remembered as a ‘beautiful soul’ by her heartbroken family
Officers confirmed Ms McCarthy, who leaves behind a six-year-old daughter – was found at the scene with a number of stab wounds.
It is believed the alleged offender wasn’t known to Ms McCarthy and that she was the victim of a random attack.
Her devastated brother Casey McCarthy posted a heartbreaking tribute to his ‘beautiful baby sister’ on Facebook.
‘We have lost a beautiful soul who wanted nothing but peace in her life,’ he wrote.
‘My beautiful baby sister. Gabs, we love you, we are sorry we couldn’t protect you and I’m awfully sorry this happened to you.
‘We love you always sweetheart, and will forever miss you. From the bottom of my heart, I love you Gabrielle, more than you will ever know.
Police on the scene (pictured) in Tasmania following the alleged murder of young mother Gabrielle Marshall
Gabrielle Marshall, 23, moved to Tasmania from Queensland three weeks ago, seeking a fresh start in her life – she was found dead on Tuesday
‘May you now be in peace my beautiful baby sister.’
Her heartbroken mum added: ‘She was only 23 years old. She was getting her life in order.
‘She rang her daughter every morning and night.
‘She was in a good place. You will be forever loved my sweet girl and missed so much.
‘We will bring you home.’
A 35-year-old Ulverstone man was arrested at a house on the same street later that morning and was charged with Ms McCarthy’s murder on Wednesday evening.
Police were quickly on the scene, gathering evidence (pictured) from the residence in Tasmania’s north-west