Aussie teen’s ‘Facebook murder’ a shock

Thousands of
people have paid tribute on Facebook to an Australian teenager allegedly lured
to her death by a man she met on the social networking site.

The body of
Nona Belomesoff was found two days after she went on a trip with the man, who
told her they were going to rescue injured animals, police say.

A 20-year-old
man has been charged with Ms Belomesoff’s murder at a creek south of Sydney.

Detectives say
the case reinforces the need for vigilance when using Facebook.

Ms Belomesoff,
18, is believed to have befriended Christopher James Dannevig, who police say
set up a fake Facebook profile in which he claimed to work for an animal
welfare group.

Mr Dannevig is
said to have offered Ms Belomesoff the prospect of a job with the organisation
and lured her on a camping trip purportedly to look for injured animals in
bushland around Campbelltown,
New South Wales.

“She
loved animals and saw this as an opportunity to follow her dream,” her
brother Gary said.

“Nona
said if she didn’t go she would lose her job and this job was her dream,”
he said. “So she just went and that was the last time we saw her.”

When Ms
Belomesoff did not return, her family contacted the police. Officers discovered
the teenager’s body on Friday night.

Since then
several pages and groups paying tribute to Ms Belomesoff have been set up on
Facebook.

Among the
thousands of postings, friends have expressed their shock and grief at the
killing.

“Sorry
you never got to live your dreams bub, you where the most beautiful girl ever
and you made your parents so proud,” wrote Sellie Gibbons.

Another,
Joline Sam, wrote “RIP Nona, it haunts me to know that someone did this to
you and I remember catching the bus with you every afternoon from school.”

Detective
Russell Oxford, who is leading the investigation, said the case was a reminder
to young people about the dangers of trusting strangers on social networking
sites.

“It’s an
area where predators and perverts and other people just get onto. You just
don’t know who you could be talking to,” he said.

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