Ashley Gaddie’s Tinder profile, as obtained by Daily Mail Australia, features a gallery of selfies
A tattooed tradesman wanted over the alleged murder of a teacher he met on a dating app wooed women on Tinder with mirror selfies and photos of himself cuddling puppies.
Police are on the hunt for Ashley Gaddie, 33, after his new date Dannielle Finlay-Jones, 31, was found dead with severe head injuries at a friend’s Cranebrook home in western Sydney on Sunday afternoon.
And in a sign police are closing in on the fugitive, an operation was underway in the Blue Mountains on Tuesday afternoon connected to the search for Gaddie. A spokeswoman said it is a self-harm incident.
Police negotiators are locked in a tense standoff with the accused killer at Fletcher’s Lookout.
The remote area at Wentworth falls, popular with tourists and bushwalkers remains closed off to the public as the situation unfolds.
Gaddie’s dating app profile – exclusively obtained by Daily Mail Australia – features a gallery of pictures showing the tradie posing in hi-vis, kissing dogs and going on hikes.
In the ‘interests’ section, Gaddie boasts that he loves ‘sushi, travel, road trips, hiking, and the gym’.
In one photo, Gaddie can be seen posing in a light grey singlet and shorts inside an elevator as he takes a mirror selfie.
Other images show him wearing protective gear as he works on a construction site, on a nature walk, and taking a selfie with a waterfall in the background.
Dannielle Finlay-Jones, 31, (pictured) was found dead at her friend’s Cranebrook home on Sunday
Another image shows Gaddie taking a selfie in nature as a waterfall cascades down a rockface behind him
In another picture, Gaddie appeared as a doting animal lover – tenderly kissing a dog on the cheek
It’s not clear whether Gaddie and Ms Finlay-Jones met on Tinder or another dating app.
The new details come after Daily Mail Australia revealed that Gaddie has been the subject of five apprehended violence orders taken out by police on behalf of five different women between 2017 to 2022.
Gaddie is also under a court imposed supervision order for choking one of the women on the NSW south coast in 2020, court records show.
The tattooed murder suspect was convicted of assault, destroying property, stalking and common assault on December 2 last year and hit with a two-year community order.
He was also ordered to complete 200 hours of community service.
While the young teacher and Gaddie connected on a dating app in early December, it is understood they met for the first time at the Marsden Brewhouse in Marsden Park on Saturday night before returning to the Cranebrook home in the early hours of Sunday.
Gaddie is pictured in a singlet, shorts, and sunglasses on a nature walk
Another picture posted on his Tinder account shows him in hi-vis on a construction site
Pictured: An image of Gaddie released by NSW Police on Tuesday as they launched an appeal for the public’s help to find him
Police tape surrounded a home on Borrowdale Way, Cranebrook, on Monday as homicide detectives investigate the death of Dannielle Finlay-Jones
Ms Finlay-Jones met up with Gaddie at The Marsden Brewhouse, in Marsden Park, on Saturday night after the pair recently met online
Her body was found by distraught friends eight hours later.
Police have so far been unable to find Gaddie, with a picture released of the heavily tattooed suspect on Tuesday morning.
Gaddie is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 180cm tall, of muscular build, with blue eyes and a bald head and tattoos covering both his arms.
He is known to frequent Five Dock, Penrith and Mt Druitt.
Police believe Ms Finlay-Jones introduced Gardie to her friends during the pub date.
It was the last time they saw her until they discovered her body when they went to check on her about 2.30pm on Sunday.
Police have conducted extensive inquiries but have been unable to locate Gaddie. Above, a social media image which Gaddie captioned ‘number one uncle’
Police officers spoke to forensics teams as they arrived at the property on Monday
Ms Finlay-Jones was a teacher and was actively involved in female football
It is understood Ms Finlay-Jones and Gaddie met at the Marsden Brewhouse on Saturday night before going to her friends’ place
According to social media, Ms Finlay-Jones was a support officer at the NSW Department of Education and was the Director of Female Football.
She was also a coordinator for Ramsgate RSL Football Club and spoke on behalf of the club in videos on their social media pages promoting women’s sports.
A friend said Ms Finlay-Jones was an ‘incredible person inside and out’.
‘She is cherished by everyone who knew her and words cannot describe the shock that this has happened,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘She did not deserve this and will be dearly missed.’
It remains unclear where Gaddie was currently employed. In October last year, he wrote in a mining Facebook group seeking work in oil exploration.
Records also show he previously operated a personal training business from 2012 to 2015.
A long term resident of the apartment block in north-western Sydney where Gaddie lived until sometime over a month ago, said he had lived there for about six months with a blonde woman and another man.
‘I recognise him because of the tattoos,’ she said, ‘I didn’t have anything to do with him, just saw him come and go.’
TIMELINE OF EVENTS
Dannielle Finlay-Jones and Ashley Gaddie allegedly meet up at The Marsden Brewhouse, in Marsden Park, with her friends.
She allegedly introduces him to her friends as her new boyfriend.
Ms Finlay-Jones and Gaddie allegedly return to the woman’s friends place about 20km away, in Cranebrook.
Ms Finlay-Jones’ friends find her unconscious at the Cranebrook home and call paramedics, who pronounce her dead at the scene. Police believe she may have been dead up to eight hours.
Police issue an alert asking for the public’s help to locate Gaddie, saying a warrant has been issued for his arrest for alleged murder.
Reports emerge a police operation is underway in the Blue Mountains connected to the search for Gaddie.
The murder scene was sealed off from prying eyes by police who stood guard over the home on Tuesday.
Neighbours revealed forensic experts had scoured the area in the hunt for clues on Monday, with the search including the neighbouring properties where vehicles were painstakingly checked for fingerprints.
A neighbour across the road from the grisly crime scene revealed the owner of the home had only recently moved in within the last few months but had been holding regular Saturday night parties with small groups of friends.
‘We often him saw holding parties with maybe two or three cars and about 10 people,’ said the neighbour who declined to give her name.
‘They weren’t rowdy parties, just gatherings of friends but he seemed a quiet type whenever we said hi to him in the street.
Forensics officers collect evidence from a windowsill at the home in Cranebrook, in Sydney’s west
‘We were at a family gathering at the weekend so we weren’t here when it happened but it has sent a chill through us. We’re going to get CCTV now, to at least watch over the front of the house.’
Detective are also believed to be looking through video footage from a nearby Shell service station at Cranebrook Crossroads to see if it picked up prime suspect Ashley Geddie on the night of the murder.
Homicide Squad detectives and forensics teams were seen scouring the home for evidence on Monday and taking evidence away in brown paper bags.
A forensics team paid special attention to a ripped fly screen at the front of the home.
One neighbour told Daily Mail Australia she was shocked by the incident as the area is typically quiet.
‘It’s devastating. Just really sad,’ she said.
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Tragic new details emerge about Aussie woman allegedly murdered on a date
By Olivia Day for Daily Mail Australia
A woman allegedly murdered by a man on a date was a female football pioneer credited with encouraging dozens of women to take up the sport.
In September, Dannielle Finlay-Jones, 31, recently celebrated 25 years of service at the Ramsgate RSL Football Club in Monterey, in south Sydney.
The passionate sportswoman received a trophy for her work as the club’s Female Football Director just months before her untimely death.
Ms Finlay-Jones has been remembered as an ‘incredible person’
The Ramsgate RSL Football Club posted several photos of Ms Finlay-Jones receiving the award and making a speech on-stage to Instagram.
‘We are honoured to have you lead our female players, young and old, in shaping their development and their future in our sport,’ the post read.
Ms Finlay-Jones also featured in a video in May 2021 where she spoke about the club’s achievements during Female Football week.
‘Some 25 years ago, when I started out at Ramsgate RSL Football Club, as a female footballer, we didn’t have female-only teams so I was playing with the boys up until I was 12-years-old,’ she said.
‘Fast-forward to today and we have fielded female-only teams from under six all the way through to all-aged women. What an achievement.
‘We continue to make strides within the community and push forward to promote female footballers. Go the girls.’