[Video] Australia: Police investigate cliff death of Mauritian teen lost in Royal National Park
A 19-year-old Mauritian teenager who went missing in Sydney’s Royal National Park overnight has been found dead at the bottom of a cliff.
A 19-year-old Mauritian girl who was missing in Sydney's Royal National Park overnight has been found dead at the bottom of a cliff.
Police confirmed that a body found at the foot of a 30-metre high cliff on Thursday morning was that of teenager Shazia Edah-Tally.
Police have refused to rule out foul play. Rescuers are now working to retrieve the body.
At this stage police are not treating the case as a criminal investigation. It is not clear how the couple ended up separated.
According to the Daily Telegraph, New South Wales Police Inspector Steve Worthington said: 'The pair were going down this coast track, having some fun and running ahead of each other.
'I'm not ruling [foul play] in or out.
'The Coral Track runs close along the cliff face, it’s a steep cliff in excess of 100 feet in depth from top to bottom.'
Before she was found dead, Miss Edah-Tally's mother said: 'We want her to come home. We have faith she will come back.'
She and her younger daughter are both in the park as the authorities carried out their search.
The teenager and her boyfriend - who have been together for eight months - were walking along the Wedding Cake Rock Trail, south of Bundeena, New South Wales.
Police began a desperate search for the teenager at about 5pm but it was suspended late last night. Rescuers set out again at 8am on Thursday.
Miss Edah-Tally did not have any food or water with her when she vanished in the 151-square kilometre park south of Sydney.
She was last seen wearing a top, jeans and a brown scarf.
A police helicopter was used to search for the teenager on Wednesday evening, as were officers on the ground.
The search was suspended just before midnight because of poor conditions.
Temperatures plunged to 13C last night as rain set in over the park.
The SES and a police dog unit joined the search on Thursday morning.
A report will be prepared for the coroner.