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Australian woman raped and murdered hiking in Georgia as her friend hears her final seconds on call

A former Melbourne woman has been raped and murdered while hiking in Eastern Europe, with her final moments heard in a phone call to a friend.

Shanae Brooke Edwards, 31, was hiking by herself on Mount Mtatsminda in Tbiilsi, Georgia when she was jumped and assaulted on Friday July 30 before her dead body was found the next day.

Ms Edwards was on a call to a friend in the United States while trekking on Friday afternoon when she was heard to shout 'take your hands off me' - before the call cut out.

Shanae Brooke Edwards, 31, was hiking by herself on Mount Mtatsminda in Tbiilsi, Georgia when she was jumped and assaulted on Friday July 30 before her dead body was found the next day

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

She had called her friend moments earlier, who heard Ms Brooke pleading 'Please let me go, ok … just let me go', the Herald Sun reported.

Her body was retrieved by a team of volunteer searchers, including her friends, on Saturday July 31. 

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia launched an investigation into her death, which is being treated as premeditated murder.

Ms Edwards posted a photo of herself on a mountain with the caption 'Joy' on Instagram on Thursday.

She volunteered with various causes in Melbourne including with homeless people and was understood to have loved rescuing stray cats.

She had been teaching English in the former Soviet republic for two years. 

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