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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Cumbrian teacher's heartbreak after sister found dead in Bali

The brother of a woman whose death is at the centre of a murder probe in Bali has spoken of his devastation.

Anne-Marie Drozdz photo
Anne-Marie Drozdz

Peter Drozdz, who lives in Carlisle, found out his sister Anne-Marie had been discovered dead on the Indonesian island on Friday night.

Police in Bali believe Ms Drozdz, 49, could have been strangled, according to reports.

Mr Drozdz, a teacher at William Howard School in Brampton, told the News & Star he and his brother Gregory were stunned by the news.

He said: “This has devastated myself and my brother and it is not the sort of thing you ever expect.

“You read and hear about it but you never think it will happen to you. We are trying to keep going one day at a time.”

Mr Drozdz, 54, said his brother, who lives in Leicestershire where the family are originally from, was informed by police in Bali of their sister’s death.

His brother has been in contact with the Foreign Office and the family are waiting to hear of any further developments.

Mr Drozdz added: “It’s just difficult to absorb at the moment – it feels like a movie but it will sink in soon.”

“My sister moved abroad a number of years ago and we would mainly keep in contact through email but we didn’t speak to each other.

“The last time I saw her was in 2008 at my father’s funeral.

“She decided she enjoyed the ex-pat lifestyle and that’s what made her happy.”

Local reports say that Ms Drozdz was found on a bedroom floor in a village near popular tourist destination Ubud on Thursday afternoon. There were signs of forced entry and bruises on her body and a gash on her lips, as well as injuries suggesting she may have been strangled.

Bali police have contacted the British Embassy.

Ms Drozdz is believed to have worked as a teacher at international schools, most recently in Vietnam.

According to her LinkedIn profile, she had also been working towards creating a social enterprise to “empower young people through the power of the arts”.

Gregory Drozdz told a national newspaper: “She was dedicated to working with younger people but was also very courageous, as the countries she worked in were especially wary of westerners.

“That didn’t worry her though – she always took the bull by the horns – and was fearless.”

The Foreign Office said it was on stand-by to provide consular assistance to Ms Drozdz’s family.

The Jakarta Post reported that a Bali man had been arrested in connection with Ms Drozdz’s murder.

The newspaper said initial inquiries by Bali police showed the murder might have been linked to a robbery.

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