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Family tribute to 'courageous and passionate' teacher

The family of a Leicestershire woman believed to have been murdered in Indonesia today paid tribute to the "courageous and passionate" teacher.

Anne-Marie Drozdz, 49, originally from Hinckley, was found dead in the villa where she was staying in Ubud, on the island of Bali, after what is thought to have been a burglary gone wrong.

Anne-Marie Drozdz is thought to have been murdered in a burglary gone wrong Credit: Newsteam/SWNS

Her brother Gregory said the family had been told she had returned to the villa and there had been "some kind of scuffle involving a burglary".

The 55-year-old said his family was consumed with "overwhelming grief".

It's gut-wrenching. You never expect it's going to happen to you and your family. It has left us raw, bewildered and confused.

In Bali she found a project she could throw herself into. She was very happy about going. She was starting a new chapter in her life with everything panning ahead of her.

She was courageous and passionate. Where she taught and the pupils she taught were critical to her.

She was intelligent, free-willed and independent. She was very much a free spirit. To have that life snuffed out in a matter of moments is adding to our grief.

He said she had just finished a five-year contract in Vietnam, having previously taught in Namibia, Colombia, Vietnam and Turkey over the last 14 years, before setting up a social enterprise in Bali to help improve young people's lives.

It has been reported that a Bali man has now been arrested in connection with her murder.

Family 'in the dark' after Leicestershire teacher's death in Bali

The family of Anne-Marie Drozdz, who has been found dead in her Bali apartment, say they know 'no more than anybody else' about the details of her death.

The 49-year-old's brother, Greg, says the family hopes Indonesian authorities will investigate the case 'vigorously':

"We know no more than anybody else does! We have read it on the internet, so we don't know whether to give it any credence at all...

... But to be honest we hope that the Indonesian authorities follow it through rigorously, follow the investigative process vigorously and if there is a judicial process after that we hope that the rule of law will prevail."

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Greg Drozdz expresses disbelief at murder in paradise

Greg Drozdz has spoken of his disbelief at the murder of his sister - 49-year-old teacher Anne-Marie Drozdz, from Leicestershire - in Bali.

He said:

"It has been described as a tourist area and if you look at the pictures which have been splashed across the internet it looks idyllic! it almost looks like paradise and so how can something so awful happen in such a place? But unfortunately we know that it does and this time its our family."

Police say Anne-Marie Drozdz died in a scuffle

Anne-Marie Drozdz's brother, Greg, has told ITV News Central how police believe his sister died as a result of a scuffle, after finding intruders in her Bali apartment.

He said:

"On friday we were contacted by the local police, who had been given information from the foreign and commonwealth office about what had happened to my sister...

... We were told that it looked as though she had gone to the apartment where she was staying, where she had possibly found burglars there. There had been a scuffle of some sort and the result of that scuffle was that my sister had been killed."

Greg Drozdz describes pain at news of sister's death

Greg Drozdz, the brother of Leicestershire teacher Anne-Marie Drozdz - who has died on the island on Bali - has talked about the 'gut-wrenching' pain upon hearing the tragic news.

"I didn't really know. All sorts of things go through your head and then of course you're given the tragic news. It's like an express train hitting you. It's gut-wrenching...

... It makes you feel raw and them you have a range of emotions - confusion, bewilderment and I have to say you feel angry that it has happened! You're angry that you're thrown into this kind of situation; having to deal with a grievous death overseas."

Leicestershire teacher who died in Bali 'chased her dream' of helping young people, says brother

The brother of a Leicestershire teacher who has died on the island on Bali has described how his sister had come to work in Bali.

Greg Drozdz, who lives in Hinckley, Leicestershire said:

"She had gone to set up a youth project from scratch, working with young people and getting them to express and develop themselves through drama. My sister was an english and drama teacher, that had been her vocation - and her vocation had been overseas...

... She had spent 14 years teaching in places like Namibia, Colombia, Turkey and Vietnam. She finished her last post in Hanoi and had decided to stay in the Far East. She had seen an opportunity in Bali and Indonesia and had decide to chase her dream."

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Brother says it was sister's dream to travel the world teaching

Greg Drozdz from Hinckley talks to ITV News Central after news his sister has died in Bali Credit: ITV News Central

The brother of a Leicestershire teacher who has died on the island on Bali has told ITV News Central it was her dream to travel the world.

49-year-old Anne-Marie Drozdz is believed to have died at her villa in Bali on Thursday. Police are investigating whether she was murdered.

Her brother Greg Drozdz who lives in Hinckley, Leicestershire has spoken of his loss today.

Report: Man arrested over teacher's death in Bali

49-year-old Anne-Marie Drozdz was carrying out charity work in Bali Credit: Newsteam/SWNS

It has been reported that a 32-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death of a Leicestershire teacher on the Indonesian island of Bali.

The Jakarta Post reports that the man was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police are looking at whether the death of 49-year-old Anne-Marie Drozdz was connected to a robbery at her villa.

The teacher from Hinckley who was carrying out charity work on the island was found dead on Thursday.

Tributes to Leicestershire teacher killed on Bali

Anne-Marie Drozdz found dead on Thursday Credit: Newsteam/SWNS

Tributes have emerged for a Leicestershire teacher who died on Bali on Thursday.

49-year-old Anne-Marie Drozdz had arrived on the island at the start of May. Police are reported to be investigating whether she was murdered during a break-in at her villa.

Anne-Marie was involved with the Awesomeness Fest community on the island who have posted this message on a blog site.

"We are deeply saddened by the news of Afester Anne Marie Kathryn Drozdz’ sudden passing in Ubud, Bali on Thursday 22 May 2014. Anne Marie was a beautiful, kind, generous, and fascinating woman, and a much-loved member of the Awesomeness Fest community."

"Anne-Marie was living her dream in Bali, delivering workshops with the aim of helping people conquer their fear and anxiety."

"In addition to her work in Bali, she was in the process of working towards setting up a social enterprise in Nepal to target disadvantaged youth, through the creation of a film and drama institute."

"The aim was to empower these youth to start telling stories of their own lives. Both projects are a testament to her kind and giving personality. We would like to send our deepest condolences to Anne Marie’s Family, friends, and members of the tribe who knew her. She will be dearly missed."

Leicestershire teacher dies in Bali

A teacher from Leicestershire has died on the Indonesian island of Bali.

Indonesian police suspect the woman, named in reports as 49-year-old Anne-Marie Drozdz from Hinckley, may have been murdered.

English and drama teacher Anne-Marie Drozdz from Leicestershire has died on Bali Credit: Newsteam/SWNS

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office would not confirm this, but said: "We are aware of the death of a British national in Bali and are providing consular assistance to the family."

The Jakarta Post is reporting that the woman's body was found inside the villa where she was staying in Ubud on Thursday afternoon.

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