Mystery as decomposed body of teen girl found in creek a month after vanishing when she was dropped off at home
30th May 2022

A badly decomposed body found in an isolated creek in Sydney's south-west is believed to be that of teenager Merna Kasha, who vanished on 28 April.

Merna, 18, disappeared after a family member dropped her off on Kihilla St in the Sydney suburb of Fairfield Heights last month.

Emergency crews were dispatched to Green Valley Creek in Canley Heights – a 10min drive from Merna's home – on Saturday following reports that a body had been discovered.

"Police recovered the body of a woman from a creek in Sydney’s west at the weekend," New South Wales (NSW) police said in a statement.

"The body is yet to be formally identified but is believed to be that of a woman reported missing from the Fairfield area."

The body was discovered at the end of a dead-end street, amid dense bushes.

The case is mired in mystery as it has now been revealed that Merna had been in contact with her family a few days after vanishing from Kihilla St.

She has not been seen or heard from since.

Just last week, police made a new appeal for information regarding Merna's whereabouts.

Wellwishers have inundated the NSW Police Facebook page with messages of support for Merna's family.

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'Very sad news I hope she's found safe and very soon our prayers are with you Feryal…hope God helps you to find your beautiful daughter," a user wrote.

In their appeal for public assistance, police said Merna would regularly use public transport and was known to socialise around the Fairfield Heights and Liverpool areas.

The teenager is described as being of Middle Eastern-Mediterranean appearance, about 160 centimetres tall, slim build, with dark brown, shoulder-length hair and brown eyes.

The teen girl has a tattoo along the middle of her back, and piercings in her lip, nose, and cheek.

Forensic examinations are currently underway in the muddy creek to determine the identity and the cause of death, and police established a crime scene.

Merna's family has been notified.

NSW Police are yet to confirm whether they are treating the death as suspicious.

It is anticipated police will investigate how Merna came to be at the creek off Pitt St, Canley Heights.

The region has seen significant rainfall in the past few weeks and police divers were dispatched to scour the creek bed.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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