Death Of 26 Y.O. Woman Found In Brisbane Park Now Treated As Potential Homicide

Queensland Police are investigating the death of a young woman found in a north Brisbane park on Wednesday, saying the incident is being treated as a potential homicide.

Ioli Hadjilyra, 26, was discovered by a council worker underneath a rail bridge at Kalinga Park around midday. Police state the Australian-Cypriot dual citizen’s body was located in a garden bed easily accessible to the public.

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Citing Detective Inspector Tim Trezise, The Guardian reports her body was found with unexplained bruises and bleeding, and that some items of her clothing had been removed.

“An attempt appeared to have been made to disguise her location in the bushes,” Trezise added.

An autopsy is underway to determine her cause of death.

“If it turns out that this is the crime of murder, then it’s the most grievous crime we can have against an otherwise innocent young woman,” Trezise said.

Hadjilyra, known to family and friends as a talented sketch artist, was found near several of her drawings. Trezise said police are investigating whether she had them with her at the time, or if they had been left near her body.

Authorities are working to trace Hadjilyra’s movements in the hours before her death. While she was known to travel by train, she lived on the other side of the city to Kalinga Park.

Police have urged anyone who was near the train line in Kalinga Park between Tuesday night to early Wednesday afternoon to contact Policelink on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.