A body has been found in Sydney’s east, as the search continues for a man wanted by police after the death of 21-year-old water polo coach Lilie James.
Police confirmed a body was discovered in waters near The Gap cliffs at Vaucluse just after 8am on Friday.
Emergency services, including a Westpac rescue helicopter, have rushed to the area where a crime scene has been declared.
Police released a brief statement on Friday to confirm an operation is being conducted to retrieve the body from the area.
“A police operation is currently underway to retrieve a body in Vaucluse,” police said.
“No further information is available at this time.”
Ms James, 21, was found dead in a a gym bathroom at St Andrew’s Cathedral School on Kent Street in the Sydney CBD about midnight on Thursday.
Police are currently searching for Ms James’ ex-boyfriend Paul Thijssen, who had previously worked at the private school as a hockey coach.
It is understood Ms James ended her romance with Mr Thijssen in recent days and the pair had only started dating about five weeks ago.
They reportedly met on Wednesday night at St Andrew’s Cathedral school, with CCTV footage obtained by police showing the moments leading up to the young teacher’s death.
New details emerged on Friday, suggesting that Mr Thijssen reportedly called triple-0 himself to tell them where to find Ms James’ body.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the Dutch-national made the call four hours after police believe Ms James was killed.
Police then traced the call to notorious suicide spot The Gap in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, where they found some of his belongings including a backpack, the publication reported.
Flowers have since been laid outside St Andrew’s Cathedral School, which was closed to students on Thursday and Friday.
Speaking at a media conference on Thursday, police said Ms James had suffered “serious head injuries” when she was found in a gym bathroom of the Sydney school.
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