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A SYDNEY teenager who loved animals was allegedly murdered by a Facebook "friend" who used the social networking site to lure her into bushland by offering a fake job protecting wildlife.
Christopher James Dannevig allegedly concocted an elaborate ruse - setting up a fake Facebook site where he pretended to be animal rescue worker "Jason Green" - to entice his victim into an isolated area in Sydney's southwest.
Police yesterday charged the 20-year-old Leumeah man with murder after finding the body of Nona Belomesoff, 18, in a Campbelltown creek bed at 9.40pm on Friday.
She had been missing since Wednesday morning.
Dannevig, who has a presence on several social networking sites including Facebook, My Space, hi5 and Bebo, was refused bail yesterday morning in Parramatta Court.
Homicide Squad Detective Russell Oxford said Ms Belomesoff had a passion for animals and had allegedly been tricked into meeting the accused at Leumeah train station on the pretence of attending an animal protection training camp.
Jason Green's Facebook site says: "im jason and i have the best job in the world looking after and careing for injured and sick animals".
The page, which was created late last month, listed Jason Green as married and living in Campbelltown.
Two days before Ms Belomesoff went missing, "Jason Green" posted: "still need 2 workers for them in the bush today watch out 4 f***ing red bellys." At least two women quizzed Jason Green on his site asking why he was "friending" them.
According to Ms Belomesoff's friends, after she went missing, Dannevig posted a comment on her Facebook site, saying: "R.I.P Nona in the arms of angels :("
Police yesterday warned people to be careful of strangers on social networking sites.
"It's an unusual case, I don't know whether there's been anything else like this, to make contact with a person through a social networking site," Detective Oxford said yesterday.
He said Ms Belomesoff believed the overnight camping trip could lead to a potential job with the animal welfare group, which is understood to be WIRES.
"She told her family and they thought it was a genuine training area she was going to," he said. "That was part of the story to encourage her to go out there. And it wasn't until later on that we found out there is no such training facility like that and the people aren't affiliated with that place, so it was a bogus ruse to get her out there."
Police also said Ms Belomesoff thought she was meeting a second man, believed to be the Facebook character Dannevig had created Dannevig's Facebook site listed the Discovery Channel as his employer of the last four years.
Spokespeople for both WIRES and the Discovery Channel confirmed there was no record of Dannevig having worked for their organisations.
Dannevig allegedly enticed Ms Belomesoff into coming on the camping trip by telling her she would be paid double for her time and would meet other prominent people in the organisation. Her family said a calendar diary penned by the victim had the words "double pay today" written on the pages on the dates of her disappearance.
More than 26 police officers were scouring scrubland behind a Campbelltown oval yesterday for clues.
The teen's body was lifted out of the gully yesterday, where it was found by SES officers.
Detective Oxford could not provide a time or cause of death nor reveal details of any injuries sustained by Ms Belomesoff, but said she was found fully clothed.
After first meeting on Facebook, it is alleged the pair had met on a number of occasions in the past two weeks and the family had also met the accused.
Dannevig's social networking entries give an insight into his life, showing a passion for dirt bikes, native reptiles and rugby league.
It also hinted at troubles.
"Life is full of s*** sometimes" he posted on May 1.
Last month he posted "a broken heart will heal in time but some wounds won't
He had also notified friends of plans for a 21st birthday party in November - just six had accepted the invitation.
Detective Oxford warned of the risks of communicating with strangers online."It's an area where predators and perverts and other people just get onto. You just don't know who you could be talking to."
Sunday, 16 May 2010
Another 'FACE BOOK KILLER' Arrested.
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