Australian woman campaigned against violence against women before being raped ...

Australian woman campaigned against violence against women before being raped ...
Australian woman campaigned against violence against women before being raped ...

Murdered Australian teacher Shanae Brooke Edwards shouted down violence against women the world over. 

The 'free-spirit' from Melbourne had witnessed all kinds of horrific behaviour carried out by men in her travels across the globe. 

Her own life would be ended last week at the hands of a man in terrain the young Aussie was most at peace. 

Her cruel demise atop Mount Mtatsminda, high above Tbiilsi, Georgia - in the former USSR - shares chilling similarities to the rape and murder of Melbourne woman Jill Meagher. 

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Shanae Brooke Edwards, 31, was hiking Mount Mtatsminda alone above Tbiilsi, Georgia, when she was ambushed on Friday and her body found the next day 

The much-loved 'free spirit' was on a call to a friend in the US while trekking when she was heard shouting 'take your hands off me' - before the call cut out

The much-loved 'free spirit' was on a call to a friend in the US while trekking when she was heard shouting 'take your hands off me' - before the call cut out

Searchers found this old and rusty shovel in the bushes in the area where Ms Edwards went missing. A man was also seen having 'aggressive' sex with a woman about 50m away - the day before her disappearance

Searchers found this old and rusty shovel in the bushes in the area where Ms Edwards went missing. A man was also seen having 'aggressive' sex with a woman about 50m away - the day before her disappearance

Both shared similar facial features, were strong, independent and had a love of travel. 

Ms Meagher would be captured on CCTV walking to her doom in 2012 - her fate a mystery for a full week before her killer Adrian Bayley was caught. 

She had travelled across the globe from Ireland to meet her doom. 

Ms Edwards would also be captured on CCTV as she took off for what was supposed to be an enjoyable trek through the nearby mountains. 

Dressed in tight black yoga pants and a dark top, she was last seen leaving the Church of Mikhail of Tver on Friday for a hike up along Mtatsminda.

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She was not seen alive again. 

At 4:32pm she phoned a friend across the ocean in California in a desperate cry for help. 

She was being attacked by a man. 

'Please let me go, ok… just let me go,' she cried.  

Georgian police were notified and Ms Edwards' friends formed search parties in the hope of finding her alive. 

Final hike to death: A map of where Ms Edwards was expected to go hiking was shared with her friends, who rallied to find the Melbourne woman a world from home

Final hike to death: A map of where Ms Edwards was expected to go hiking was shared with her friends, who rallied to find the Melbourne woman a world from home 

Searchers found strange signs of life living among the trees including 'needles and lots of bottles in some spots.'

Searchers found strange signs of life living among the trees including 'needles and lots of bottles in some spots.'

She had been an experienced hiker, who had crossed harsh terrains from the Australian bush to the forests of Columbia. 

They had immediately feared foul play. 

Described as a free spirit, Ms Edwards had been a fearless explorer who called out bad behaviour wherever she roamed. 

Her social media page is awash with posts condemning violence against women, sharing videos and encouraging young men to respect women. 

On Wednesday, local police continued their hunt for Ms Edwards' killer. 

Shanae Brooke Edwards, 31,

Shanae Brooke Edwards, 31, (left) was raped and murdered in eerily similar circumstances to Jill Meagher, who met her fate in Melbourne after coming here from Ireland 

Ms Edwards had volunteered in Melbourne. Her body was retrieved by a team of volunteer searchers, including her friends, on Saturday July 31

Ms Edwards had volunteered in Melbourne. Her body was retrieved by a team of volunteer searchers, including her friends, on Saturday July 31

Her body had been found in thick scrub in the Okrokana forest, close to the nearby village of Okrokana. 

Detectives descended on the village amid reports the killer likely lived there. 

They had tracked signals from her mobile phone until they went dead in the bushland. 

Local media has reported a potential suspect with blonde hair, aged in his 30s, is now believed to be a person of interest.  

Ms Edwards was well aware of the dangers of travelling alone in the region. 

She had been teaching English in the former Soviet republic for two years and travelling the world since 2016, when she left Melbourne. 

Horror stories told by women about their experiences with men in the region are sadly all too familiar. 

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