Friends mourn 'vibrant' Australian mum of three found dead in clothes bin

Mikki O'Shea was found dead on Monday.
Mikki O'Shea was found dead on Monday. Photo credit: GoFundMe

The friends of an "all-round amazing" mother of three found dead in a clothes bin claim her family have not been told "the whole story" about her death.

Mikki O'Shea's body was discovered on Monday, stuck in a charity clothes bin behind a Queensland shopping centre. Queensland police say her death is not suspicious but rather a "death by misadventure".

"It appears as though a 43-year-old woman has attempted to attain or remove some items from those charity bins," Superintendent Rhys Wildman said on Wednesday.

"She has unfortunately appeared to have been caught in the door mechanism while she was attempting to retrieve some of those items and has unfortunately passed away."

O'Shea's car was full of items she planned on donating, including a children's teddy bear and piles of clothing. 

A GoFundMe page set up by a friend to cover O'Shea's funeral costs and support her family mourns the loss of a "vibrant, creative and all-round amazing person".

"A devoted single mother to her three kids, she was the most generous person anyone could ever meet. She was such a joyful woman."

The description on the page, written by a friend of O'Shea's, says her family is going through a "very difficult time".

"This was a horrible accident that no one could've expected. The family has still not been told the whole story."

Police say the bins are designed for a "one-way" mechanism which "obviously" poses a risk.

CCTV of the carpark the bin was in helped police rule out any suspicious circumstances, and a report on O'Shea's death will be sent to the Coroner.