The ruined family of a mother of three found dead in a charity shop described her as “creative and alive” in a moving tribute.
The mystery of the 43-year-old’s death and her family claim they have still not been told the full story.
Mikki O’Shea was named as the woman stuck in a donation box in a mall on the Gold Coast.
A member of the public found her body in the back of the Stockland Burleigh Heads shopping center and called the police shortly after 7 a.m. on Monday.
Queensland Police said they would not treat Mikki’s death as a suspect and described her death as a case of “mishap”.
News.com.au. reports that Ms. O’Shea was trying to retrieve an item from the donation container when the lid came off and she was caught.
The publication reports that there is evidence to suggest that her neck has gotten stuck in the bin.
A donation page has now been launched by friends and well-wishers via Go Fund Me.
On the page, the woman is described as a “lively, creative, amazing” person.
Her family said: “Mikki was a vibrant, creative, and all-round amazing person who was a devoted single mother to her three children.
“She was the most generous person anyone could ever meet. She was such a joyful woman who always lived vicariously.
“Mikki’s family is going through a very difficult time as this was a terrible accident that no one could have expected. The family still hasn’t been told the full story.”
The grieving family went on to claim that the media had demonized and humiliated the “loving daughter, sister, niece and devoted mother”.
The page adds, “I am asking for a donation to support the family who are grappling with the difficulties of organizing their final farewell and all the extras that come with such a difficult cause.”
Paramedics had been called to the scene, but Ms. O’Shea was dead when she arrived.
Superintendent Rhys Wildman reportedly told reporters, “It is what we classify as death by misfortune.
“It appears that a 43 year old woman tried to retrieve or remove some items from these charity containers.
“Unfortunately, she seems trapped in the door mechanism when she tried to retrieve some of these items and sadly passed away.”
Investigators reportedly discovered their car nearby, which was filled with items such as a teddy bear for children and piles of clothes and shoes.