The grief-stricken husband of a woman who was found face down in a pool of blood inside their home has broken his silence, as a strike force is formed to investigate her gruesome death.
Paramedics were called to a unit in Merrylands in western Sydney late on Easter Sunday after the lifeless body of Erin Gilbert, 42, was found by her husband, Nic, in their living room.
Mr Gilbert performed CPR and paramedics rushed to try and revive her, however, she could not be saved.
Mr Gilbert assisted police with their inquiries on Sunday evening and has been released without charge.
Mr Gilbert has since taken to Facebook to pay tribute to his late wife, updating his bio to say: ‘I was broken and then I found my best, my better half.
‘Without you bub… I love you’.
In a twist, an earlier gushing post – published in May 2019 and dedicated to Ms Gilbert and their pet cat Bonnie – featured a hint that someone had tried to ‘come between them.’
Erin Gilbert’s lifeless body was found in pool of blood by her husband Nic at their Merrylands home. Pictured are the couple on their wedding day
Ms Gilbert’s body was discovered face down in a pool of blood inside a unit block (forensic police pictured)
‘They are my world and with out them I would be lost,’ Mr Gilbert wrote.
‘To the horrible fake lonely person who keep trying to come between us, well I suppose thank you for reminding us that we are so deeply in love that no matter what games you try play or how good at them you may be you will not come between us.
‘And the day you do I promise you there will be no God to protect you from me!’
Mr Gilbert that same year spoke of lovingly of his future wife, saying: ‘I fell in love because after getting to know you, I realised I wanted to make you a permanent part of my world.’
Daily Mail Australia is not suggesting Mr Gilbert or the unknown ‘lonely person’ is responsible for Ms Gilbert’s death.
The couple were both known to police for ‘minor matters’.
Detectives have launched Strike Force Trevelyan to get to the bottom of what happened in Ms Gilbert’s final hours at her home on Sunday night.
‘Definitely we believe something’s happened on Sunday night … when police arrived, she hadn’t been passed away for long,’ Cumberland Police Superintendent Andrew Holland told reporters on Tuesday.
‘Erin was at home in her unit block that evening … we are aware that neighbours have heard her at the unit block, she’s been speaking that night.
‘We’re just concerned somebody else may have been at the unit block with her.’
‘We need to know what happened, who was there.’
The Facebook page of Erin Gilbert’s husband is filled with gushing tributes to her
Erin Gilbert’s husband (pictured with Erin) has been interviewed by police and released without charge
Forensic officers used a ladder to scour for clues on Erin’s unit balcony
Supt Holland revealed her husband made the triple-0 call, and has been ‘very forthcoming’ with police during their inquiries.
He added Ms Gilbert’s family has requested privacy and that her partner is well known in the local community.
No one has been ruled in or out as a suspect. ‘Anyone who has lost a daughter can only imagine how difficult it is for (the family),’ Supt Holland said.
‘People don’t realise that something they saw days earlier could be a useful piece of information.
‘We need to get a timeline of what took place before the incident.’
It’s understood the couple moved to Merrylands seven months ago.
‘I knew her and her husband, they were pretty quiet people,’ a shocked neighbour told the Daily Telegraph.
‘I sew and she came to me and asked if I could teach her how to sew, so we were going to do that.’
Erin and her partner were dating when he shared this gushing post in 2019
He also hinted at the time that someone had been trying to come between he and Erin
Forensic police collected a blood-stained sock at the crime scene to be taken away
A crime scene was established was extensively examined by specialist forensic police on Monday.
Forensic officers swarmed the Newman Street unit block and were seen taking swabs from the railing of the balcony and inside the doorway.
A rainbow, round rug hung over the railing, while the balcony was cluttered by other items, including a telescope, a wooden jewellery box and a number of plastic tubs.
Forensic officers dressed in blue hazmat suits, sealed a number of items from the home into brown evidence bags as uniformed officers watched on.
Erin Gilbert and her partner (pictured) had been together for at least four years
One bag was marked ‘mascara found next to deceased on bed in bedroom’, and stacked against the wall of the unit block with at least five others.
Officers were also seen closely inspecting the open entrance area under the apartment, with one holding a blood-soaked sock.
It’s understood sheets and a doona in the home were also stained with blood.
Police have established a crime scene at the address, and investigations are underway to determine the woman’s cause of death.
Police released a photo of Erin Gilbert (pictured) as a strike force investigation into her death was launched on Tuesday
Strike Force Trevelyan has been set up to investigate Erin Gilbert’s death. Pictured are police at the Newman Street crime scene on Monday
It is understood Ms Gilbert’s body was found by her husband in their living room late Sunday night. Pictured are police at the scene the next day