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A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged after his girlfriend was found dead.
Emerald Wardle, 18, was allegedly killed by Jordan Brodie Miller, 20, at his parents’ home in Maitland, New South Wales, Australia.
Neighbours called police after they allegedly heard a man “screaming about demons” in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Police arrived at 1.30am, and after a short altercation arrested Miller who was reportedly “standing unarmed” outside the property.
Following his arrest, police searched the home where they found Ms Wardle’s body. The cause of death is yet to be confirmed but early reports suggest she may have been strangled.
Miller was taken to Maitland Police Station where he was charged with Ms Wardle’s murder.
He was refused bail and is due to appear at Newcastle Local Court on Sunday.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the pair hadn’t been together for long but it is understood both Miller and Ms Wardle lived at the property.
Detective Inspector Ranald Urquhart, crime manager for the Port Stephens-Hunter Police District, told the Sydney Morning Herald: “Domestic violence does not respect age, domestic violence can involve people of all ages.”
But he added it was “it’s too early in the investigation to speculate on motive”.
Neighbours told Nine News they were shocked at what had happened.
“It’s devastating,” one said.
“Any loss is never good, but especially so young and had the world at their feet.”
After news of her death broke, several of Ms Wardle’s friends expressed their grief on social media.
One wrote: “I treasure you, I treasure our memories and I’ll forever love you Emmy.”
Another added,”RIP sweetie you didn’t deserve this at all no matter what.
“I’m devastated she was a lovely girl and she would wave and say hi. She is one house from me in a very small loving quiet neighbourhood we are all shocked and very sad RIP beautiful girl.”