An Australian teacher has been raped and murdered while hiking in Eastern Europe, with her terrifying final moments heard by a friend over the phone.
Shanae Brooke Edwards, 31, was hiking Mount Mtatsminda alone above Tbiilsi, Georgia, when she was ambushed on Friday and her body found the next day.
Ms Edwards was on a call to a friend in the US while trekking when she was heard shouting ‘take your hands off me’ – before the call cut out.
Ms Edwards called the friend moments earlier, who heard her pleading ‘please let me go, ok… just let me go’.
She was seen on CCTV footage leaving her apartment at 3.35pm on Friday with her hair tied up, wearing a black hiking outfit and carrying a green bag.
That afternoon, one local woman posted on an expats Facebook group that she heard ‘a woman screaming at the trails under Mtatsminda Park’ about an hour after Ms Edwards had left home.
Mtatsminda Park is a booming tourist park with several adventure rides on top of Mount Mtatsminda.
Another woman wrote in the same group claiming to have witnessed a disturbing sight on the mountain about the same time Ms Edwards went missing.
She claimed to have seen a man having ‘aggressive’ sex with a woman about 50m away, while her and her partner were walking ‘exactly one day before the missing expat’.