The family of a Perth man allegedly strangled to death in an apartment in the Philippines have described their anguish at learning of his fate via social media.
Rodney Kim Chambers, 58, of Wundowie, had been holidaying alone in Lapu-Lapu City, in the Philippines province of Cebu. His body was found by police on Friday.
An email sent to Mr Chambers’ family yesterday from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said a Filipino woman had been arrested over the death and homicide charges filed.
Mr Chambers’ former partner Bridget Shewring, the daughter of murdered Perth brothel madam Shirley Finn, said the family realised something was wrong on Saturday when a stranger wrote on Mr Chambers’ Facebook wall.
“It said, ‘Any friends or family members of Kim Chambers please contact me on this number’,” she said.
“I rang that number but they couldn’t understand me so my sons got on to the embassy and found out (Mr Chambers’ body) was in a funeral parlour over there.”
Ms Shewring told 6PR this morning she was devastated by Mr Chambers' death and the tragedy that has stalked her family.
She said she had spoken to Mr Chambers just before he left for the Philippines. This was his third trip.
"I am devastated. I can't take much more of this pain. I am not getting any answers anywhere," Ms Shewring said.
She said she thought the plan was form Mr Chambers' body to be cremated in the Philippines and the ashes returned to WA.
She hopes to get more information from the Australian embassy today.
On the unsolved murder of her mother, Ms Shewring has previously called for an independent inquiry.
Today she said she still hoped that it would be solved.
DFAT is providing consular assistance.