Eighteen years after an Australian woman’s gruesome murder in a Sydney suburb, cops finally have a suspect in custody — the victim’s daughter.
Isabela Camelo-Gomez was arrested Tuesday for the brutal strangulation and stabbing death of her mother, Irene Jones, in 2001.
New South Wales police claim the 45-year-old slay suspect was shocked by her arrest.
“She was stunned by the arrival of homicide detectives (Tuesday) morning after 18 years,” claimed Detective Inspector Stewart Leggat. “So, yeah, stunned.”
While taking out trash from her Sydney apartment, homicide detectives arrested Camelo-Gomez, reported the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
As for the motive for murder, cops point to greed.
Camelo-Gomez inherited the home of Jones — who was 56 when she was killed — and sold it for the 2019 equivalent of about $200,000.
On Nov. 2, 2001, Camelo-Gomez, wearing just a towel, frantically raced to her next-door neighbor’s home to beg for help. She claimed someone had illegally entered the house while she was bathing.
That same neighbor on Tuesday recalled that fateful day nearly two decades earlier.
“(Camelo-Gomez) said she was in the shower and that someone had broken into the house,” recounted the woman asking to remain anonymous. “She just yelled, ‘My mum! My mum! My mum!’”
The woman was aghast to hear that Jones had just been arrested.
“What? What? No way. . . . We called the police and everything for her,” she said.
An autopsy revealed that Jones died from strangulation and a stab wound to the neck, but no ensuing charges were filed, reported The Sydney Morning Herald.
The case was recently reopened after more than a decade after a 2007 inquest found Jones died from injuries “inflicted by a person or persons unknown.”
“It was just a matter of reviewing the case and looking at the available evidence,” explained Leggat. “Obviously, there’s improvements in forensics . . . and forensic sensitivity in regard to DNA.”