Police investigating what happened before a young New
Zealander fell 14 storeys to her death from an apartment
balcony say they have received vital new information.
Warriena "Rrie"Wright was on the Gold Coast for a friend's
wedding, but yesterday her New Zealand family were being
supported after her tragic death.
Ms Wright, 26, fell to her death from a balcony about halfway
up the Avalon apartments in Surfers Paradise about 2.30am on
Neighbours reported hearing several screams and what sounded
like an argument, and a woman who saw her fall called police.
They have interviewed the unit's occupant, Gable Tostee, 28,
but he was released without charge and is now staying with
family. Ms Wright had been only days away from returning home
when she arranged to meet Mr Tostee, apparently using the
dating app Tinder.
Yesterday, police said they had received numerous calls from
the public about the case, one of which yielded vital
information, One News reported.
They had seized CCTV footage from the Avalon building.
A resident told Channel 9 she had heard screaming several
times before Ms Wright fell. "I heard her screaming once and
then she stopped.
"Then she screamed again and then she stopped again, and then
she screamed a third time and after that I heard a bang." Ms
Wright's mother, Beth Wright, is a deacon at the Seventh-day
Adventist Church in Porirua.
Ms Wright's sister Reza Tagpuno had earlier said the family
were in the dark about what had happened. It was unclear
whether they would travel to Australia to collect her body.
A spokeswoman for New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Trade said they had not been approached for consular
assistance or advice.
Several days ago, Ms Wright was photographed holding a giant
python at Australia Zoo, laughing as the reptile wrapped
itself around her neck.
A passionate animal rights activist, she once wrote to
Parliament appealing for tougher penalties for animal cruelty
When police arrived at the apartment, Mr Tostee was gone, but
he later handed himself in.
Regional crime co-ordinator Detective Superintendent David
Hutchinson told Radio New Zealand police were continuing to
gather evidence as part of the investigation.
"We have, as you are aware, declared a crime scene at the
unit complex." A forensic examination of the unit was
continuing today and would carry on until tomorrow, he said.
There was "no doubt" that police would speak again with Mr
"But the investigation at the moment is in the evidence
gathering and information gathering stage, so we have
numerous detectives working on the case -- we are gathering a
lot of information and we are interviewing a lot of people.
"Once we work our way through that process we'll sit down and
determine the next direction for the investigation," Mr
Hutchinson told RNZ.
Police had collected CCTV footage of the area, but they were
still interested in speaking with nearby residents who might
have other footage with the complex in the background.