Police identify woman found in Brisbane park, launch homicide investigation

| 05.09,19. 06:29 PM |


Police identify woman found in Brisbane park, launch homicide investigation


Photo: Ioli Hadjilyra, 26, was found dead in Kalinga Park on Brisbane's north side. (Supplied: QPS)

Photo: Forensic police examining the spot in Kalinga Park where Ioli Hadjilyra's body was found. (AAP Image: Glenn Hunt)



Police have named a young woman whose body was found in a northern Brisbane park yesterday and say her death is being treated as suspicious.


The body of 26-year-old Ioli Hadjilyra was discovered in a garden bed about midday on Wednesday.


She was found by council workers conducting routine maintenance underneath rail lines in Kalinga Park, who only saw her body when they were quite close to it.


Detective Inspector Tim Tresize said the circumstances relating to the death of Ms Hadjilyra had raised police suspicions.


"These include the fact that an otherwise-healthy young woman suddenly died in Kalinga Park," he said.


"It includes the fact that attempts appear to have been made to disguise her location in the bushes within Kalinga Park. It includes the fact that some of her clothing has been interfered with.


"Police investigations have ramped up to a degree where the police are treating this death as a suspicious death and a possible homicide.


"Her body does have a number of unexplained bruises and bleeding."


Inspector Tresize said the cause of the bruises was yet to be determined.


"But obviously these add to our suspicions in relation to Ioli's death," he said.


He said Ms Hadjilyra had been living south of Brisbane.


"We don't know how Ioli came to be in the park — we don't know who she was with and we don't know how she got there," Inspector Tresize said.


'A popular young lady'


He said they were awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination, but believed she died in the park.


"There's nothing to indicate she's been transported. We're of the view at this stage she probably quite likely died exactly where she was found," he said.


"We continue to appeal to the community for their support in relation to any information that relates to their knowledge of anything suspicious that happened at Toombul train station, Eagle Junction train station or Kalinga Park from anytime Tuesday night through to midday Wednesday.


"Ioli's body was found between the two train stations adjacent to the train line.


"She was closest to Toombul, but we're not excluding the fact she may have got off Eagle Junction if in fact she even caught a train."


Inspector Tresize described Ms Hadjilyra as "popular".


"She was born in Cyprus and she has dual Cypriot and Australian citizenship," he said.


"Her Dad was an Australian and her mum was born in Cyprus. She has two brothers and one sister, and Ioli is the second-youngest.


"They're obviously quite traumatised in relation to this death."


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