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Mystery surrounds student’s brutal Brisbane murder

Sophie Collombet's murder sparked an outpouring of public sympathy in Brisbane. Photo: Facebook
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Murdered international student, Sophie Collombet was due to return to France in two months to reunite with her boyfriend, but instead he was tasked with identifying her body.

He called police from France after recognising publicised images of Ms Collombet’s jewellery. The 21 year-old’s flatmates had reported her missing on Monday after being unable to contact her over the weekend.

Mystery surrounds the death of Frenchwoman Collombet who was found naked save for some pieces of jewellery, brutally bashed in a gazebo at Brisbane’s South Bank early last Friday morning.

Friends of the couple told The Courier-Mail Collombet’s boyfriend, known as Boris, responded to public pleas by police to come forward if they noticed a missing friend, relative or colleague.

Close friend Roselyne Trott said that Ms Collombet’s mother in France had been growing anxious after she was unable to contact her daughter.

“They had heard there was a murder in Brisbane and they were thinking if it was Sophie,” she said.

Detectives are trying to determine whether she was sexually assaulted or robbed. Her final movements are currently unknown.

Police say she may have last been captured on CCTV footage walking alone in the inner city between 2am and 3am on Friday.

Her brother, Guillaume Collombet, said from France that the family was in shock at the loss of their “beautiful” girl.

Collombet was studying a masters in international business at Griffith University.