Tourist's body released to family

Last updated 14:10 31/05/2012
Czech Republic tourist Dagmar Pytlickova.
MURDERED: Czech Republic tourist Dagmar Pytlickova.

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The body of murdered Czech tourist Dagmar Pytlickova will be released to her family today.

Investigators confirmed Ms Pytlickova, who was known as Dasha, would be relased to her family, but would not say if the young woman's parents had travelled to New Zealand to collect their daughter's remains.

"The family has asked us not to comment on that," Detective Senior Sergeant Marion Neill said.

Ms Pytlickova's sister was already in New Zealand and has assisted police with their investigation.

Motorcyclists on a school fundraising trail ride found her body a short distance from the body of Waimate man Jason Frandi, 43, on a forestry plantation near Waihaorunga on Sunday.

Ms Pytlickova, who was on a working holiday and New Zaland and had been working on a vineyard in Central Otago, was hitchhiking to Fairlie on Saturday when police believe she was picked up by Frandi.

Police believe Frandi killed the 31-year-old Czech tourist before killing himself.

Detective Inspector Greg Williams said it was likely Ms Pytlickova had been sexually assaulted.

Waimate police had been on the look-out for Frandi after a concerned member of the public tipped them off that Frandi was aware of a sexual molestation allegation made against him.

The member of public feared what Frandi, who had served 3 1/2 years for abducting for sex an Oamaru woman in 2000, would do.

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- The Timaru Herald

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