Celeste Manno (Found Dead) Wiki – Celeste Manno (Found Dead) Biography
- Celeste Manno may have been stalked by a man she worked with at a call centre
- The 23-year-old was not in a relationship before she was found dead in Mernda
- A 35-year-old man was arrested and taken to hospital with non-serious injuries
- Homicide detectives are still working to determine the exact cause of her death
- Ms Manno is the latest woman to be viciously killed in Melbourne since 2012
- WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES
Family of a young woman found dead at her blood-stained house believe she may was stalked by a co-worker she barely knew.
Celeste Manno was found dead at her family home on Umbria Road in Mernda, northern Melbourne, at 4.10am on Monday.
A 35-year-old man, who is believed to have worked with the 23-year-old at a Serco call centre in Mill Park, was arrested when he handed himself in to Mernda police station.
Ms Manno his the latest in a long line of young Melbourne women to die after being stalked by obsessed men who wouldn’t take no for an answer.
Ms Manno’s godmother Pina told the Herald Sun the young woman didn’t know the arrested man very well and they were not in a relationship.
‘She didn’t even know him. They had met but they didn’t know each other,’ Pino said.
‘No one deserves this but least of all her… She was beautiful. She never did a single thing wrong.’
Another relative said they believed the man was stalking Ms Manno’s house.
Ms Manno’s mother was inside the when her daughter was killed, and tried to run through the crime tape as the body was removed but was stopped by officers.
Outside she was seen screaming ‘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.
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 poured in online for the young woman, who was 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.’
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.
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.
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.
Ms Manno joins a string of female victims who have been viciously murdered by male stalkers.
In 2019, Aiia Maasarwe was on her way home in Melbourne in January 2019 when she was followed, raped and murdered by Codey Herrmann after getting off a tram in Bundoora.
A year earlier, 22-year-old Eurydice Dixon was stalked for more than an hour and raped and murdered in Carlton North’s Princes Park by a stranger.
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Jill Meagher: Ms Meagher was 29 when she was raped and murdered in Melbourne by serial sex offender Adrian Bayley, who stalked her on the way home from a pub on September 21, 2012.
Her case was initially treated as a missing person after she failed to return home to her husband, but her body was discovered by Victorian police six days later.
Bayley is serving a life sentence in prison, with a non-parole period of 35 years.
Yuk Ling Lau: Ms Lau was 32 and walking to work when she was followed, beaten unconscious and raped near the police memorial in the King’s Domain Gardens in June 2014.
Homeless man Scott Miller was eventually captured and sentenced to 33 years in prison with a minimum term of 28 years over Ms Lau’s murder.
Masa Vukotic: In 2015, 17-year old Masa Vukotic had been at school and eaten dinner with her family before she decided to go for a walk.
Sean Christian Price saw her and instantly decided to kill her. ‘I just f**king had to kill her, man. I f**king had to kill her,’ Price told police.
Price took the the knife from a bag he was carrying and ran up to her. He pushed her into the bushes where she pleaded with Price not to hurt her. Masa told Price she would do anything he wanted her to do. Price ignored her and began stabbing.
Eurydice Dixon: In 2018, the 22-year-old was stalked for more than an hour and raped and murdered in Carlton North’s Princes Park by a stranger later identified as Jaymes Todd, 19.
She had spent the night performing in a comedy club and was walking home after her performance.
Todd was sentenced to life behind bars with a non parole period of 35 years – a sentence which he argued was ‘manifestly excessive’ due to his youth and previously clean record.
Aiia Maasarwe: Ms Maasarwe was on her way home in Melbourne in January 2019 when she was raped and murdered by Codey Herrmann after getting off a tram in Bundoora.
Herrmann repeatedly beat Ms Maasarwe over the head with a metal pole and sexually assaulted her, before covering her body in flammable WD-40 spray and setting her alight. He was sentenced to 36 years in jail.