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Teacher, 31, raped and killed while hiking after chilling phone call

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An English-language teacher was raped and murdered in ex-Soviet republic Georgia, say police.

Shanae Brooke, 31, was in the capital city of Tbilisi talking on the phone to a friend in the US when she was heard saying: "Take your hands off me."

Another report claimed the woman, from Melbourne, Australia, shouted: "Please let me go, OK? Just let me go."

After this, the call ended and the friend could not reach her again.

The victim had been hiking alone on forested 2,526ft Mount Mtatsminda, a park area that is inside Tbilisi’s city boundaries.

Her body was found on Saturday, the day after she had vanished at the local beauty spot after travelling to the capital from Batumi, a city on the Black Sea coast, where she worked.

The corpse was located in a gorge beneath a ferris wheel and her body was covered with branches, according to reports.

Shanae’s friend in California immediately raised the alarm with friends in Georgia who went to the police, triggering a search by officers and volunteers.

"As a result of several hours of intensive search and investigations, officers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs found the female’s body on the slope of Mtatsminda," read a statement.

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A criminal case into premeditated murder has been opened.

Police were seeking information amid claims they had a description of a man they want to question.

There have been previous attacks in the area.

Brooke was known to have been a keen hiker. She was seen on CCTV wearing a black hiking outfit and carrying a green bag, with her hair tied up.

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She was seen close to the Church of Mikhail of Tver, a popular hiking starting point, before vanishing.

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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