The body of a Czech tourist, believed to be Dagmar Pytlickova, 31, whose body was found on Saturday (May 29) in a remote forest on the South Island, was believed to have fallen victim to a known sexual predator, Jason Frandi, 43.
Strangely, Frandi's remains were found next to Ms. Pytlickova's. Consequently, forensic experts will be conducting autopsies today (May 29) to determine cause of death.
COMMENT: Police believe that Ms. Pytlickova was abducted by Frandi, who served 3.5 years in prison for a 2000 abduction for sex of a 19-year-old woman, after Frandi picked up the woman somewhere between Omarama and Kurow, while the former was hitchhiking.
After Frandi drove to a secluded area, it is believed that a struggle ensued between victim and her assailant when Frandi made sexual advances.
The remains of Pytlickova and Frandi were found by motorcyclists late on Sunday morning (May 27) in the Waitaki Valley, south of Christchurch, during a charity ride.
I continue to urge travelers NOT to hitch-hike, as it dramatically increases one's potential for becoming a crime victim. I should also mention that if you do a search of "New Zealand" of my 1,200+ postings, you will see that crime against persons is a frequent occurrence there.
This report will be updated as new information becomes available.