The Palm Meadows apartment block where a woman plunged to her death on the weekend. Picture: Mike Batterham
The Palm Meadows apartment block where a woman plunged to her death on the weekend. Picture: Mike Batterham

‘Partying’ prior to fatal balcony fall

POLICE are investigating how a woman fell to her death from a Gold Coast apartment tower where a party is believed to have been held on the weekend.

The 32-year-old woman's body was found in the grounds of Eleve, a new luxury 63-apartment complex on Palm Meadows Drive, at Carrara, about 3am on Saturday.

Initial investigations suggest the woman fell from balcony of one of the units and struck another balcony below before landing in a garden bed on the ground level.

Her fall is believed to have been from at least the fifth floor and possibly as high as the seventh.

Shocked neighbours rushed to the woman's aid as they waited for emergency services to arrive.

The woman's partner, who was believed to have been inside the apartment when she fell, was taken to hospital suffering shock.

Police declared a crime scene at the site and launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragic incident.

Detectives returned to the scene yesterday to interview residents.

Police believe a group of people had been partying in the apartment before the woman fell.

Police believe a group of people had been partying in the apartment before the woman fell. Picture Mike Batterham
Police believe a group of people had been partying in the apartment before the woman fell. Picture Mike Batterham

Building resident Sherry Handcock, who moved into the block in January, said her dogs woke her up barking around 1.30am.

"There was a bit of a party going on and you could just hear the bass of the music and my dogs were barking," she said.

"It wasn't really loud or anything but you could hear it faintly.

"I went back to sleep and only found out about what happened when I went to walk my dogs this morning and saw police officers talking to residents here.

"It's very traumatic."

Ms Handcock said the apartment block was relatively new.

Shocked neighbours rushed to aid of a woman who fell from the balcony of an apartment block at Palm Meadows in the early hours of Saturday. Picture Mike Batterham
Shocked neighbours rushed to aid of a woman who fell from the balcony of an apartment block at Palm Meadows in the early hours of Saturday. Picture Mike Batterham

"Everyone here has basically just moved in," she said.

"My friend lives right near that apartment (where the woman fell from) and said she didn't hear anything either and only found out later what had happened.

"Everyone is really nice here there's a good variety of people, lots of young couples live here so it's very sad."

Other residents said they slept through the commotion, oblivious to the tragedy that was unfolding.

The $120 million, 63-apartment Eleve Residences building is set within Palm Meadows' exclusive golfing enclave at Carrara.



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