The young Australian backpacker was found face-down near a toilet block during a marine diving and volunteering program in the town of Tofo, in Mozambique.
father forced to investigate the death of his own daughter in a remote African village says local investigators have told him they're "hot on the trail" of his daughter's killer or killers. "It's a major step forward," Paul Warren told A Current Affair . His 20-year-old daughter Elly was about to return from a marine diving and volunteering program in the town of Tofo, in Mozambique, when she was killed three years ago. The adventurous backpacker was found face-down near a toilet block, with her underwear around her ankles. "My daughter loved life. They've taken her life. The life she could have had was taken away from her," Paul said. "I know she's not going to walk through my door again. The hardest part about it all is being on your own." The investigation has so far been bungled by local authorities. Initially, it was claimed Elly died of a drug overdose, however, forensic examinations later revealed no drugs were in her system. She died of asphyxiation, after inhaling sand into her lower airways. Cuts and bruising were found on her neck and her mouth was also bruised. Authorities also lost vital evidence and failed to carry out multiple forensic tests. Paul is also offering a $15,000 reward for information that will lead to a conviction and has visited the village multiple times to speak to locals, hunting for information. "I'm not going to give up," he said. Paul's claims that investigators have four people of interest in the investigation have not been confirmed by Australian authorities.