Mum in suspected murder-suicide identified
UPDATE: A Coniston mother and her child have been identified as those involved in the tragic incident at Mt Keira on Tuesday afternoon.
The bodies of German Tanja Ludwig and her two-year-old daughter were found at the bottom of Robertson Lookout just before 2pm on Tuesday, after police responded to a concern for welfare.
Police rescue teams retrieved the bodies of Ms Ludwig and her daughter on Tuesday evening and resumed their investigations on Wednesday morning.
The incident is being treated as a possible murder-suicide.
Ms Ludwig's neighbour Athena Kinnis said she couldn't believe the tragic news.
"I can't believe it," she said.
"She was so young, a nice lady. A very nice person I saw her with the baby."
Ms Kinnis said Ms Ludwig was a quiet, lovely woman.
"I'm going to miss her," she said.
"And the little girl - they were nice. Very nice people."
It is understood Ms Ludwig and her partner had recently separated amicably and she was living in a Coniston granny flat with her daughter.
Wollongong police commander Chief Superintendent Chris Craner said the news was going to be "absolutely devastating" for the entire community.
"It's going to be devastating for the family and my thoughts are also with the emergency services who have turned up here today to this horrific incident," Mr Craner said.
EARLIER: IT has one of Wollongong's most scenic views but on Tuesday Robertson Lookout was a grim scene after a woman plunged to her death, taking her young daughter with her, in what police are treating as a harrowing murder-suicide.
The picturesque tourist hotspot quickly became a scene of devastation when the woman, aged in her 30s, and the three-year-old girl, were found at the bottom of the 100m cliff at Mt Keira, 4km northwest of Wollongong, on Tuesday.
Police rushed to the lookout just before 2pm after they received a concern for welfare report for the woman and her child.
A distraught family member was consoled by paramedics and police in the carpark that leads to the lookout where the pair died.
A car, believed to belong to the woman, was towed away.
Specialist paramedics were winched into the dense bushland to begin the long and slow recovery effort of the pair.
Wollongong Police District Commander Superintendent Chris Craner said the recovery mission and investigation would be difficult due to the dense bushland and heartbreaking circumstances.
"They've only just reached the area and the bodies to do a recovery and also do an investigation to find out what actually happened," he said.
Supt Craner said it was never easy trying to make sense of such a tragic loss of life.
"It's going to be absolutely devastating for the community who don't know these people and hear this and what it's about," he said.
"And it's going to be devastating for the family. My thoughts are also with the emergency services that have been going about their day, had a good shift then turned up to this horrific incident."
Robertson Lookout was the scene of an almost identical incident 17 years ago, when a mother died after jumping from the lookout while holding her five-year-old son.
The child survived the fall on April 18, 2002, with his mother's body taking the brunt of the impact.
From the top of the cliff, it's a 100m drop to the foot of the cliff and the start of a 60-degree incline of thick trees and scrub, making access to the bodies very difficult.
Supt Craner said the recovery efforts would continue overnight, with emergency services expected to walk the bodies out of the bushland on foot on Wednesday.
"It's steep, it's hectic, we've got police coming in from the low side, police trekking down from the high side," he said.
"It's a treacherous, dangerous area that we need to get to, to respectfully get these people out."
Harry Graham Drive, the access road to the lookout, was closed as police investigated the double fatality.
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