Tourist mum's shock as workmate reveals her daughter has died

The mother of a German backpacker travelling around WA only found out that her daughter had died in a road accident when she called her workplace two days later.

Savannah Kuhn, 26, had been driving an Holden Jackaroo on November 13 last year when the car rolled on an unsealed section of road near Kojonup, approximately 250km south-east of Perth.

Ms Kuhn was thrown from the vehicle and killed, while two other passengers, a German man and British woman, were taken to Royal Perth Hospital.

Savannah Kuhn's mother only found out about her death when she called her daughter's place of work. Photo: Supplied

Savannah's mother Viktoria was worried when she hadn't heard from her daughter, who usually called every day.

Mrs Kuhn called her daughter's place of work, Beaufort River Meats, on the Tuesday after the crash. It was then that a devastated work colleague had to break the news that Mrs Kuhn's daughter had died.

The worker, who did not want to be named, said she was shocked when she realised Mrs Kuhn had not been formally notified.

Mrs Kuhn now wants changes to the way tourists' next of kin are notified in the wake of an accident or death.

Mrs Kuhn wants changes to be made in the way next of kin are notified. Photo: Supplied

"They said procedure is to contact Interpol, but because they can take so long, this can happen," Mrs Kuhn said.

"A lot of people are finding out over Facebook. If they know this is happening, why don't they change it?"

A WA Police spokeman said next of kin should be told in person as soon as possible but Facebook had increased the risk of family finding out through social media.

"By utilising Interpol and embassy/consular networks the best approach can be established to firstly identify and locate, then notify family members," the spokesman said.