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Man arrested over artist death in Brisbane park

Man, 34, is arrested over the death of a 26-year-old sketch artist whose bloodied body was found in a Brisbane park by a council worker

  • Bradley Edwards, 34, has been arrested over the death of a 26-year-old artist
  • Ioli Hadjilyra was found dead in a garden in a Brisbane park on September 4
  • Officers say there have been attempts to disguise her body in the bushes
  • Detectives cannot confirm that this stage if Ms Hadjilyra was sexually assaulted 

A man has been arrested over the death of an artist whose bloodied body was discovered in a Brisbane park. 

Ioli Hadjilyras, 26, was found dead in Kalinga Park in a garden under a railway overpass on Wednesday, September 4, at about midday, by a council worker.

Bradley Edwards, 34, was arrested following a tip-off from the public.

Ioli Hadjilyra (pictured) was found dead in Kalinga Park on Wednesday, September 4, by a council worker

Detective Inspector Tim Trezise said it appeared attempts had been made to disguise her body in the bushes

Detective Inspector Tim Trezise said it appeared attempts had been made to disguise her body in the bushes

Earlier this week police released images of a man they wanted to speak to in relation to Ms Hadjilyra’s death. 

At a press conference on Sunday, Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Toohey said they did not have a specific address for Edwards but believe he lives in the inner-north Brisbane suburbs.

He could not confirm if the Australian-Cypriot dual citizen had been sexually assaulted.   

Detective Inspector Tim Trezise said it appeared attempts had been made to disguise her body in the bushes.

The ‘talented sketch artist’ was found with no wallet, ID or phone and ‘it appears some of her clothing, her garments, have been interfered with and removed’.

Some of her sketches had been found with her body and police are unsure if she had been doing artwork when she died or if the items had been dropped. 

Detectives are still unsure as to what Ms Hadjilyra was doing in the park and say she may have been there overnight before her body was discovered. 

He could not confirm if the Australian-Cypriot dual citizen had been sexually assaulted

He could not confirm if the Australian-Cypriot dual citizen had been sexually assaulted

Some of her sketches had been found with her body and police are unsure if she had been doing artwork when she died or if the items had been dropped

Some of her sketches had been found with her body and police are unsure if she had been doing artwork when she died or if the items had been dropped

Inspector Trezise on Wednesday said that maintenance workers had spotted Ms Hadjilyra’s body, while collecting debris in the area.

Investigations into the circumstances that led to the discovery of Ms Hadjilyra’s body are continuing.

‘It’s a tragic situation whenever a young person dies. She’s died in a public park and we are not sure what has lead to her being there,’ Mr Trezise said.

There was no CCTV footage of the area.

‘She was in a garden bed, which did make it difficult for the council workers to see her until they were quite close,’ Inspector Trezise said.

‘I assume any number of people have potentially cycled or walk past that location today and perhaps unknowingly the lady had been there the whole time in the garden bed,’ he said.

The 'talented sketch artist' was found with no wallet, ID or phone and 'it appears some of her clothing, her garments, have been interfered with and removed' (pictured: one of Ms Hadjilyra's drawings)

The ‘talented sketch artist’ was found with no wallet, ID or phone and ‘it appears some of her clothing, her garments, have been interfered with and removed’ (pictured: one of Ms Hadjilyra’s drawings)

Ms Hadjilyra was described as ‘popular young lady’ by Inspector Trezise.

She had lost her mother to cancer years ago and is the third of four siblings.

She has two brothers and a sister who all live in Cyprus.

‘They’re obviously quite traumatised in relation to this death and the police are doing everything they can to provide them with some comfort and try and give them some answers as to what’s happened to Ioli,’ Inpsector Trezise said.

Ms Hadjilyra’s body was discovered by Brisbane City council workers in a garden under a railway overpass at around midday in an area that is regularly used by the public

Ms Hadjilyra’s body was discovered by Brisbane City council workers in a garden under a railway overpass at around midday in an area that is regularly used by the public

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