Saturday, April 5, 2014

Australia: Update--Police Identify Person of Interest in Murder of Frenchwoman Sophie Collombet, 21

In the interest of disseminating as much information on the person of interest who has been identified as a possible suspect in the March 28 homicide of French student Sophie Collombet, 21, please see the below link: 

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2014/04/05/14/45/no-trace-of-man-wanted-for-qld-murder

Police have made the admission while describing the frustration surrounding the hunt for Queensland's most wanted man, Benjamin James Milward, 25.

Milward is the key person of interest in the death of French university student Sophie Collombet, whose body was found naked and battered under a rotunda at Kurilpa Park near popular tourist precinct South Bank on March 28.

Police say CCTV footage puts him in the same area as Ms. Collombet the previous night.

Detective Inspector Rod Kemp says new CCTV surveillance footage that depicts Milward taking a train from South Brisbane station to Bowen Hills station just before midnight on March 27. There has been no trace of him since.

Police took the unusual step of releasing his photo on Friday (April 4) and report they have since received numerous calls from citizens. 

COMMENT: Milward's family and friends have also made passionate pleas on social media for him to surrender himself. "The longer it goes, the more suspicion is aroused with this person," a senior detective said.

Milward is described as 180 centimeters ( tall, with hazel eyes, short fair hair and a dragon tattoo across the left side of his chest.

An autopsy of Ms. Collombet has been completed, but police declined to say whether she had been sexually assaulted. 

The 21-year-old Griffith University business student was on her way back home after a night class after which she was attacked.

Collombet's family are not expected to travel to Australia and will wait in France for her body to be returned home. 

Her university colleagues will hold a vigil in her honor on Thursday (April 10).

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.