… relationship between the alleged suspect and the deceased unknown

Chencho Dema

Australian police are investigating the death of a 29-year-old Bhutanese woman at a renowned Australian zoo in Canberra. The incident reportedly occurred at around 11am yesterday.

The body of the deceased was found in a storeroom located at the rear of a commercial kitchen.

According to sources in Australia, a 29-year-old man who is the prime suspect in the case is said to be a Sri Lankan citizen.

Police are looking into whether the deceased and the suspect were in a relationship even though they believe they were coworkers.

The deceased, an employee at the zoo, suffered fatal stab wounds from a knife, according to 7News. Police found the knife at the scene.

Emergency services were called to the National Zoo and Aquarium in central Canberra yesterday.

According to Australian media outlets, the victim passed away from stab wounds; a post-mortem examination is scheduled for the next week.

As per the Australia Bhutanese Association of Canberra (ABEC), they are offering support and maintaining contact with the victim’s immediate family.

According to sources in Australia, the deceased lived with her older brother, who had lived there for some years. The parents of the deceased are also said to be living with them.

ACT Policing Detective Superintendent of Criminal Investigations Hall O’Meagher said witnesses heard “screams” around the kitchen area and responded to the disturbance.

The National Zoo & Aquarium is a privately owned 19-hectare zoo and aquarium at the western end of Lake Burley Griffin next to the Scrivener Dam.

The zoo is known for having the largest collection of big cats in Australia, including, until recently, the only tigon (a tiger, lion cross breed) in Australasia.