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Fiji Police step up Aussie woman death probe
Tracey Ann O'Brien Maw, who was found dead last week, in bushes beside a road in Sigatoka by a local farmer. Source: Facebook

Fiji Police step up Aussie woman death probe

By ANA VURU

A Fijian man detained last Friday in connection with the death of Australian woman Tracey Ann O’Brien Maw is still in Police custody and is being questioned over the circumstances surrounding her brutal death.

This comes as a team of senior detectives from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in the Western Division steps up inquiries into the death, which has been declared an alleged murder.

It is understood the team of detectives is following several leads into the death.

To date, there has been no indication on how soon charges can be laid in the week-old case.

Police believe Ms Maw was visiting Vunavutu Village near Sigatoka at the time of her death.

Overseas media have reported that she was in Fiji to reconcile a four-year relationship with a local man.

What is known is that she was last seen alive on Thursday night at a drinking party. Her movements after that party are unknown.

She was found dead near the Vunavutu Village junction on Monday evening by a farmer on his way to nearby Nasama Village and after she was identified by her brother Rodney she was cremated.

Police Commissioner Bernadus Groenewald later explained to the media that the cremation took place because of the advanced deterioration of the body.

 

 

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