Answers sought in Bali death

Last updated 00:56 03/01/2013
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TRAGEDY: Denni North, who had been living in Kuta, was reportedly found lying face down in a swimming pool. She worked at The Cocoon Beach Club in Kuta, below.

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The father of a Queensland woman found unconscious in a Bali pool at the weekend is desperate for answers about the mysterious circumstances surrounding his daughter’s death.

Dennielle ‘Denni’ North was found face down in the pool of her villa near Kuta early on Sunday morning.

Indonesian police are reportedly treating the 33-year-old’s death as suspicious, but Ms North’s colleague at Bali’s Cocoon Beach Club, Morgana Reid, disputes the claim.

"We cannot comment on her death but do not believe it to be suspicious," Ms Reid said.

Ms North’s father, Dennis, said he hadn’t spoken to his globe-trotting daughter in four years – a fact he deeply regretted – but kept abreast of her movements via Facebook.

"She had itchy feet," he said.

He’s now desperate to know what lead to his daughter’s death.

"She was found alone – that’s the only thing I know – slumped in the pool," he said.

"I’m trying to find out as much as I can, but I guess I’ve got to be patient ...

"No-one’s got any answers or anything yet."

Speaking from his central Queensland home, Mr North said his daughter often jetted in and out of the country on whirlwind visits to family and friends.

"She had about 10 million friends to get around and see so a lot of times you wouldn’t even know she’d been and gone," he said.

But on her last visit to Queensland shortly before Christmas, Ms North made time to see her grandmother in Kippa-Ring, north of Brisbane.

Her sister Tammy, brother Jamie and her cousin Nicole have travelled to Bali in a bid to discover what led to Ms North’s death and eventually escort her body home.

Her eldest sister Jodie Brandt is due to fly to Bali tonight.

Ms North travelled the globe working as a public relations consultant before settling in Bali last year.

She was holidaying in Bali when she was offered a job at Cocoon Beach Club.

Ms North joined the hip beachside club  just a couple of months ago, and celebrated her birthday there three days before Christmas.

Her cousin, Kristy North, said she understood the 33-year-old intended to work in Bali for a year and then return to Australia to settle down closer her nieces and nephews.

"She was extremely close with her siblings and her nieces and nephews," she said.

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"We’re all shocked, devastated."

Ms North appeared to relish the lifestyle she found in Bali.

"Love Bali ... just so nice 2 b [sic] able to zone out on beach & get back in shape," she wrote on Facebook in August.

Ms North’s mother, Wendy, took to Facebook yesterday to thank friends and family for their sympathy and support.

"Thank you everyone all over the world, family, friends for your kindest condolences for my vibrant beautiful baby girl," she wrote.

"She touched so many people with her magnificent personality. RIP my Beautiful Dennielle Enid North."

Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr also expressed his condolences to the family of Ms North.

"The sadness is enhanced by the fact that this has happened during the holiday season," Senator Carr said.

"And we can understand the grief that has engulfed her family and the community that she was a part of."

The Australian government has offered consular assistance to local authorities and Ms North’s family.

- Brisbane Times

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