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    Queensland police investigation into death of 26 year old Ioli continues

    A team of  Queensland detectives and specialist police continue to investigate the death of 26-year-old Australian-Cypriot dual citizen Ioli Hadjilyra whose body was found in a park in Brisbane.

    Brisbane police are treating the death as suspicious and a possible homicide.

    The crime scene examination by forensic officers has been completed and police have conducted a thorough search of Kalinga Park and adjacent railway lines for any evidence, Queensland police said in an update on their website.

    An Investigation Centre has been established at Hendra Police Station with more than 40 detectives, intelligence and forensic officers investigating Hadjilyra’s death after her body was located in Kalinga Park on Wednesday, August 4.

    Detective Inspective Tim Trezise, Gateway Crime Group, North Brisbane District said police continued to appeal to the public for assistance.

    “We continue to appeal for any sightings of Ms Hadjilyra in or around Eagle Junction or Toombul railway stations or Kalinga Park on Tuesday night (September 3) or Wednesday morning (September 4).”

    Police have no information to suggest there is a risk to public safety and the community should feel free to go about their daily business without concern, they concluded.

    Her brother Alexander-Michael Hadjilyra told the Brisbane Times he is heartbroken his sister died so far away from her two brothers and sister who all live in Cyprus.

    ‘If I had the chance to tell her, I would tell her what I always tell her, and that is to take care of your life,’ he told the Brisbane Times.

    “She was a kind soul, it is just that she strayed away.”

    Hadjilyra lost contact with Ioli in 2016 when she moved back to Brisbane with her father.

    The last time the siblings spoke was around a week ago when she told her brother she wanted to leave Australia and move back to Cyprus.

    Hadjilyra said he wanted to remember his sister for her “kind soul.”

    ‘I went out, I didn’t want to be alone’: Half a world away, a brother mourns

    Council workers found the body of 26-year-old Ioli Hadjilyra, bloodied, bruised and with parts of clothes removed, at Clayfield’s Kalinga Park about noon on Wednesday.

    Ioli Hadjilyra's brother has described her as a kind soul who had struggled in recent years.
    Ioli Hadjilyra’s brother has described her as a kind soul who had struggled in recent years. CREDIT:FACEBOOK.

    Ms Hadjilyra’s family had moved between Cyprus and Australia for much of her life, with all her brothers and sisters now living overseas.

    Alexander-Michael Hadjilyra, one of Ioli’s three siblings who share a house in Cyprus, told Brisbane Times he had last seen his sister in 2016 when she moved back to Brisbane permanently with their father Michael.

    “[My father] phoned me yesterday and said police had come to him about midnight your time. Obviously he was upset,” he said.

    Police at the crime scene on Wednesday.
    Police at the crime scene on Wednesday. CREDIT:AAP/GLENN HUNT.

    “My father told me not to say anything to [my other siblings], he said, ‘don’t tell anyone’. I was the first he called because I am the oldest but by now I am sure they know.

    “I went out, I didn’t want to be alone.”

    Mr Hadjilyra spoke with Brisbane Times over the phone from Cyprus, just minutes after police confirmed to the media that the death was being treated as suspicious.

    A sketch by Ioli Hadjilyra, who was found dead in a Clayfield park.
    A sketch by Ioli Hadjilyra, who was found dead in a Clayfield park.

    “Oh, they held a [press] conference?” he asked.

    Mr Hadjilyra said police had been dealing directly with his father in Brisbane.

    “What does it mean, a suspicious death? Does that mean it is probably a homicide?”

    Mr Hadjilyra said he had not had regular contact with his sister in recent years as she had spiraled into an unhealthy lifestyle and become distant.

    “If I had the chance to tell her, I would tell her what I always tell her, and that is to take care of your life,” he said.

    “She was a kind soul, it is just that she strayed away.”

    The last time they spoke was about a week ago when Ms Hadjilyra told her brother she wanted to move back to Cyprus.

    He said he did not want to focus too much on the “negative points” that had plagued Ms Hadjilyra’s life, and instead wanted to savor the good memories.

    “When you did something to her, something bad, she would forgive you very easily,” he said.

    “She used to love accessories, make-up … all of those women’s things.

    “She was very kind. She was a free spirit … I don’t know what else to say, really.”

    After hearing his sister’s body had been found next to a couple of her art sketches, he said she had been “artistically inclined” from a young age.

    “She had so much talent, she squandered it.”

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