1. Mystery surrounds death of “kindhearted” student who washed up fully-clothed on a Sydney beach.
— Breaking News Sydney (@SydneyBrk) February 15, 2017
Police are still searching the Sydney coastline for a missing man after Shristi Bhandari’s fully-clothed body was found washed up on Maroubra beach on Tuesday morning.
The 23-year-old student was having a fresh start in Australia, having only arrived two weeks ago from Nepal to study a Masters of Accounting as an international student, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Her heartbroken family have launched a fundraiser to help them take her body back to Nepal.
“Her friends and relatives are joining hands in this tragic event and request everyone to help as much as we can to retrieve the innocent life lost yesterday in Sydney,” the GoFundMe page reads.
“She was a kindhearted and radiant person and we are all so shocked and saddened by her untimely demise.”
Friends have began posting tributes on social media, describing Shristi as a “beautiful soul”.
“I can’t believe this could happen…You are an absolute angel…even death can’t dim your shine,” one friend wrote on Facebook.
Police say her death is not being treated as suspicious. They believe Shristi and her friend, 26-year-old Sudeep Uprety, were swept off rocks by a large wave.
Uprety has not been seen since, and is feared to have drowned. A large-scale search has now entered its third day.
2. Police issue desperate plea for information on missing Perth schoolgirl.
— PerthNow (@perthnow) February 15, 2017