An Australian woman has been murdered while hiking outside Georgia’s capital city Tbilisi, according to local media reports.
The body of the woman, 31, was found on Saturday and police are investigating. She had been missing since Friday afternoon local time.
The woman had been on the phone when she was attacked, according to posts online made by those who later searched for her, and the friend she was speaking to reported her telling someone to let her go.
It is believed she had been travelling overseas for several years and had been working in Georgia as an English teacher.
The murder has deeply disturbed the local hiking and expat communities, who had organised searches after the woman did not return from a hike in Mtatsminda Park.
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed it was providing consular assistance to the woman’s family.
Georgia is country located at the intersection of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. It is a former Soviet republic that’s home to Caucasus Mountain villages and Black Sea beaches.