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    Australia - Jo La Spina, 26, found murdered, Bingil Bay, Qld, 19 April 2014

    FAMILY’S ANGUISH: Death of our pure girl is so unfair

    April 22, 2014 12:00AM

    THE family and friends of a north Queensland woman murdered at the weekend have remembered her as a “beautiful’’, “pure’’ person.

    Jo La Spina, 26, was found about 5pm on Saturday at Bingil Bay, near Tully, outside a home where she had planned to stay the night.

    Police were yesterday speaking to a man in relation to the matter after launching a murder investigation in the tourist town, 130km south of Cairns.



    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/q...-1226891575203

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    OMG what is with all the senseless violence against women in Australia lately? I know it happens everywhere every day but I feel like every other thread here now has that in common.

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    STAFF at a prominent Far Northern tour operator are mourning the death of a popular staff member who was found dead in a Bingil Bay townhouse at the weekend.

    Jo La Spina, 26, was found about 5pm on Saturday by the occupant of the Bingil Bay Rd home where she had planned to stay the night.

    Police were yesterday speaking to a man in relation to the matter after launching a homicide investigation in the quiet tourist town, 130km south of Cairns.

    Ms La Spina, of nearby Feluga, worked as a photographer for white water rafting company Raging Thunder in Tully, where she had been employed for the past 2½ years.

    Police were yesterday tight-lipped about the circumstances of Ms La Spina’s death, but confirmed a person was assisting with their investigation.

    Regional Crime Co-ordinator Detective Acting Superintendent Bruno Asnicar said the investigation was progressing well.

    “We are looking at somebody but at this stage we just can’t say any more,” Acting Supt Asnicar said.

    http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/ca...-1226891709749

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    APRIL 22, 2014: Tributes flow for woman found dead in Bingil Bay home
    http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/ca...-1226891709749

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    This early article says ..

    Police were speaking to witnesses and had identified a number of people they believed could help with the investigation, he said.

    A Bingil Bay shop owner, who asked not to be named, said the woman’s death had shocked the residents of the normally quiet tourist town.

    http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/ca...-1226890893001
    I wonder if there were a few people at the residence when Jo's murder occurred. And I wonder if they were tourists that Jo had met while at work at Raging Thunder.
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    DNA samples taken as search for Jo La Spina’s killer continues in Bingil Bay

    April 23, 2014 12:00AM

    POLICE are retracing the last steps of tourism worker Jo La Spina after she was apparently strangled to death in the bathroom of an apartment near Mission Beach.

    Officers detained a 32-year-old man, who also works in local tourism, as a key person of interest in the murder, holding him in *custody for two days before freeing him without charge on Monday night.

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/q...-1226892678154

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    Also from marlywings article:

    One neighbour reportedly told of hearing sounds like a woman crying out for help, but did not intervene.


    Seriously, I can understand being scared and not wanting to confront someone but at least call the police!

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    With many people at home on a Saturday, you would think that a few people may have heard a commotion coming from the town house. And reportedly, as well as Jo, several other people were left sleeping there when the workmates went to work .. although they may have left before the attack.

    This seems to be the property where Jo was found ... less overgrown than recent photos, but the landmarks are all the same. There are more than a few residences there.

    https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-17....ew!2e0!6m1!1e1

    There may be several people that will spend the rest of their lives wishing they had made a phone call to police, went and banged on a door, yelled out to the people in the apartment ... did anything to let the perp know they were being witnessed, by sight or by sound. It just may have stopped the assault.

    But now, like Lisa Harnum's case, I hope they testify and help put the dangerous perp behind bars.
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    DETECTIVES investigating the alleged murder of tourism worker Jo La Spina have released a man after holding him in custody for two days.

    The 32-year-old was freed without charge on Monday night from the Cairns watch-house, where he had been detained on Sunday and questioned at length over Ms La Spina’s death.

    DNA samples have been taken from the man and other people who were in the Bingil Bay townhouse where the 26-year-old woman’s body was found on Saturday afternoon.

    “He is clearly a person of interest to our investigation,” Far Northern regional crime co-ordinator Detective Acting Inspector Kevin Goan said.
    APRIL 23, 2014: Hunt for answers in mysterious death at Bingil Bay
    Read more: http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/ca...-1226892910804


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    Quote Originally Posted by enzeder View Post
    DETECTIVES investigating the alleged murder of tourism worker Jo La Spina have released a man after holding him in custody for two days.

    The 32-year-old was freed without charge on Monday night from the Cairns watch-house, where he had been detained on Sunday and questioned at length over Ms La Spina’s death.

    DNA samples have been taken from the man and other people who were in the Bingil Bay townhouse where the 26-year-old woman’s body was found on Saturday afternoon.

    “He is clearly a person of interest to our investigation,” Far Northern regional crime co-ordinator Detective Acting Inspector Kevin Goan said.
    APRIL 23, 2014: Hunt for answers in mysterious death at Bingil Bay
    Read more: http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/ca...-1226892910804
    BBM

    I certainly hope that means they are trying to zero in on one suspect only.
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    Police were keen to retrace her steps during the 24 hours before her death.

    “We’re particularly interested in hearing from anyone who may have had contact with her – in person, by phone, by text, Facebook or Twitter – in Feluga, Bingil Bay or the Mission Beach area,” he said.


    Crime scene investigators remain at the townhouse and a forensic pathologist is in the process of officially determining Ms La Spina’s cause of death.

    Acting Insp. Goan said the case remained a homicide investigation because of the nature of Ms La Spina’s injuries.

    “Upon discovery, there were wounds that were concerning to first-response police and ambulance officers,” he said.

    “The preliminary post-mortem investigation confirmed suspicions that Joanne’s death had been brought about by someone else.”

    http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/ca...-1226892910804

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    Police seek information on mystery man in hunt for clues over death of Jo La Spina at Bingil Bay

    He called on anyone who spent time at the Bingil Bay Cafe throughout Good Friday who may have seen any type of interaction between Ms La Spina and a dark-skinned man to come forward.

    “Anyone who has been at the Bingil Bay Cafe and may have seen a dark-skinned male attempting to escort the deceased from the dance floor,” he said.

    “Anyone who may have witnessed any attempted act of intimacy by the dark-skinned male with the deceased.


    This is a line of inquiry that needs to be investigated, so if people have seen this incident, or an incident of that nature, we would be very pleased to speak with them.”

    The cafe was believed to have remained open into the early hours of Saturday morning and quite a large number of people were there.

    http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/ca...-1226894381481

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    They have got Someone

    In the Cairns Post article it is Quoted “The possibility of effecting an arrest is very high,”

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    I wonder if they've got some concrete evidence against the guy they held for 2 days.

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