Friday, August 15, 2014

Australia: Younger Sibling of New Zealander Seeks Explanation as to How Sister Fell From High-Rise Apt

According to The Brisbane Times, the sister of New Zealand tourist Warriena Tagpuno Wright, 26, who died in a fall from the balcony of a Gold Coast high-rise, is struggling to cope without answers she has concerning the circumstances that led to the wrongful and unsolved death of her older sister.

Marreza Wright flew into Brisbane on Wednesday (August 13) before being taken to the Gold Coast by police.

On Thursday (August 14), she said it was hard not knowing what happened in the final hours of her older sister’s life.

New Zealander Warriena Wright, 26, mysteriously fell to her death from a Gold Coast balcony. 

Known to friends as “Rrie," Marreza described her sister as a practical joker who also had a passion for animal protection and “stood by her convictions."

“Rrie was the most important person in my world. Most of the time we only had each other to rely on,”  Marreza told reporters.

“She was a very beautiful, cheerful, intelligent person who not only was my sister, but she was my best friend." 

COMMENT:  See my previous posting on the suspicious death of Ms. Wright:  

Fighting back tears, she called for anyone with information to come forward.

“I hope that if anyone in the community has any information to help me know more that they can contact the police,” she said.

Mareeza said the last time she spoke to her sister was about 1800 hours on August 7, about eight hours before she died.

Warriena Wright, 26, plunged to her death from the 14th floor balcony of the Avalon apartments in Surfers Paradise early last Friday.

Police believe she had spent the previous hours before her death with the apartment's occupant, Australian Gable Tostee, 28. Yet, when police arrived at the crime scene, Tostee was absent. 

Neighbors reported hearing an argument and a woman's screams.

Tostee, 28, refused to provide his version of events to police last Friday (August 8).

Queensland Police Superintendent David Hutchinson said investigators had “no plans” at this stage to call Gable Tostee back in for questioning. “He’s exercised his right to silence; he’s entitled to do that. It’s our responsibility just to continue the investigation and we’re doing that,” Superintendent Hutchinson said.

Tostee's apartment was searched by forensic investigators for days before detectives seized hard drives, discs, CDs and a camera on Tuesday (August 12).

Superintendent Hutchinson said nothing suspicious or illegal had been found on any of Tostee's electronic devices.