CCTV footage of Sophie Collombet at bus stop

The last movements of French girl before she was found dead

WITH a distinctive, large cloth bag over her shoulder and an umbrella above her head, French student Sophie Collombet braved the heavy rain last Thursday night as she made her way home from a university class.

Closed circuit television footage shows her walking upstream on the south side of the Brisbane River about 9pm.

The 21-year-old, who was studying a master of business at Griffith University, was found dead in a rotunda near the Kurilpa Bridge at 6am Friday morning.

Police have released some CCTV footage of her final moments in the hope it will jog someone's memory.

Officers will man the area where her body was found from 6pm Thursday until 6am Friday to see if they can talk to anyone who might regularly take that route.

Responding to concerns about four foreign students being targeted in four months, Detective Inspector Rod Kemp said his gut feeling was that the attack was not related to her status.

"Sophie spoke very good English, dressed very presentable," he said.

"It don't think there's anything to suggest you could put the tag of a foreign student on her.

"I think she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"It's shocking."

Premier Campbell Newman met with the French Ambassador Stephane Romatet at Queensland Parliament on Thursday afternoon.

"On behalf of all Queenslanders I want to express my sincere condolences to Sophie Collombet's family," Mr Newman said.

"This is a dreadful time for them and the small community in which they live.

"I've conveyed to the French Ambassador that the Queensland Government will do everything it can to assist the family."

Mr Kemp said he understood the Sophie's family would not travel to Australia and police were working with scientists examining the body to ensure she could be returned to France as soon as possible.

Sophie likely had an iPad and Blackberry phone in her bag which have not been recovered.

Police have found an umbrella similar to the one she was seen using on CCTV but they have not found her clothing.

Police are searching for a cream and brown bag, a beige singlet top, dark denim jeans and black ankle-high boots.

Anyone with information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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