Heartbroken sister of balcony fall victim pleads for answers

THE heartbroken sister of a New Zealand woman who fell to her death from the 14th floor balcony of a man she’d just met online has made an emotional appeal for information.

Warriena Tagpuno Wright, 26, of Lower Hutt, New Zealand travelled alone to Australia on Tuesday July 29 for a friends wedding and had planned to stay for two weeks.

She died after plunging from 28-year-old Gable Tostee’s 14th floor Avalon apartment in Surfers Paradise around 2.20am last Friday morning.


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Police are still no closer to solving the mysterious case.

After arriving in Australia yesterday, a grieving Reza Tagpuo Wright fronted media on the Gold Coast this morning, pleading for anyone with information in relation to her sister’s tragic death to come forward.

“My sister was a very private person and it is very hard for me to talk about her,” she said.

“She would really hate all this attention about her. She was an important person in my world. She was my best friend.

“Most of the time we really only had each other.

“Its hard for me facing the loss of my sister without knowing what happened in the last hours of her life.

“I hope that if anyone in the community has any information to help me.”

FATAL FALL: Mystery surrounds woman's fall from man's 14th floor balcony

FATAL FALL: Mystery surrounds Warriena Tagpuno Wright’s fall from Mr Tostee’s 14th floor balcony in Surfers Paradise.

It’s reported that Ms Wright and Mr Tostee had only just met through dating app Tinder when they’d organised to get together last Thursday night.

The pair were reportedly seen drinking and talking on the balcony of Mr Tostee’s 14th floor apartment before a disturbance was allegedly heard coming from inside the unit.

After Ms Wright’s fatal fall, neighbours called police but by the time they had arrived, Mr Tostee was gone.

He handed himself into police around eight hours later and was released without charge after exercising his right to silence.

It was yesterday reported that Mr Tostee had filmed numerous sexual encounters after boasting online about how many women he’d taken home from the club. He later denied all allegations on Facebook.

Ms Wright’s family are hoping to take her body home after it is released from the coroner on Friday.

The intense police investigation continues.

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION – contact Gold Coast police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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