The frightened fiancée of an Australian man killed in what appears to be a random attack on the north island of New Zealand had to run several kilometres in the dark to raise the alarm.
The Canadian woman managed to escape after a man banged on their campervan demanding the keys at about 3:20am as the couple slept.
The attacker then fired a number of shots fatally injuring her partner who has been identified by The Age as 33-year-old Australian man Sean McKinnon.
The killer then allegedly stole the vehicle and drove it for more than an hour with his body inside.
Meanwhile the woman, identified by The Age as Bianca, was able to flee and make it to a nearby property to raise the alarm.
The incident happened at the Te Toto Gorge carpark in Raglan, a popular spot for hikers.
Details of her dramatic escape are still emerging but the New Zealand Herald said the woman had to run several kilometres to safety. Satellite images of the Te Toto Gorge carpark show it surrounded by bush for many kilometres in all directions.
“Police are assisting the woman, who is understandably very shocked and distressed, and ensuring she is provided with support and welfare,” Waikato police said.
Woman’s eerie Facebook post weeks before
The woman, who goes by the name Bee Cj B on Facebook, has been documenting the her travels throughout July including a hike at the Te Henga Walkway, 45 minute from Auckland and sharing a video of her surfing in the nearby village of Piha.
According to her social media profile, she lives in Auckland where she works as a midwife, and previously studied at the University of Queensland.
The couple got engaged in February. Under a 2016 Facebook post announcing the pair were in a relationship, Mr McKinnon referred to Bianca as “the Nova Scotia Princess”.
Mr McKinnon, from southwest Victoria, was described by a friend as “a loveable, knockabout Aussie guy” who loves his surfing.
In an eerie picture posted as her Facebook cover photo on July 15, the Canadian woman shared an inspiring message that has taken an ominous tone in the wake of Friday’s incident.
“We must travel in the direction of our fear,” it says.
In a seperate post on July 27, she posted a quote which reads: “You deserve to be completely found in your surroundings, not lost within them.”
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