The grieving ex-partner of a Melbourne teacher who was found dead on a hiking trail near the Georgian capital of Tbilisi has revealed the couple planned to settle there together.
Shanae Edwards, also known as Shanae Brooke, was reported missing on Friday July 30 after failing to return from a solo hike in the wooded Mtatsminda park.
The 31-year-old, who had worked as an English teacher in Georgia for about two years, was in communication with a friend who allegedly heard her say, “Get your hands off me” before the line was cut.
The next day, his body was located by Georgian authorities.
Friends paid tribute to Edwards in the days following his death. Among the messages, that of his former partner.
Moudy El Sayed said the couple planned to “start a new life” together in Georgia, but broke up and Edwards traveled there alone.
“I was super proud of you for what you accomplished there quickly and you were happy so I was happy,” he wrote online.
Sayed said last year the couple reconnected and realized they were “still madly in love”, however, being in Lebanon, COVID-19 travel restrictions kept them apart. To leave the country, he had to be vaccinated.
“At this point, getting vaccines in Lebanon was a tough mission, but I tried and I tried and I tried and I kept hitting the walls with curfews, closures, no vaccines. and more, ”he said.
He said the couple were “devastated” and eventually broke up, but “we knew we had a deep love.”
“I had to (sic) be there to protect you like I did the whole time we were together,” he added.
“Your life was taken from you by an evil person while you were doing something you loved, hiking was one of your favorite things to do.”
“We were supposed to get back together and have a family.
In a separate article, Sayed said that “the world and time stood still” when he learned that “the love of his life” had been killed.
“I can’t even think clearly, the first time in my life I’m lost and aimless,” he said.
“We were supposed (sic) to get back together and have a family.”
“Find a murderer”
A major manhunt is underway as local police go door-to-door with a description of the suspect in an attempt to locate the person responsible.
Georgian Interior Minister Vakhtang Gomelauri said the police “are doing their best to find the killer”.
“(The Home Office) has information, although I cannot speak about it due to the interest of the investigation,” he said, according to local media. Agenda.ge.
Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was providing consular assistance to Edwards’ family.
An officer from the Australian Embassy in Turkey also visited Tbilisi “to liaise with the Georgian authorities”.
The investigation is ongoing.
– with AAP