IT WAS supposed to be a night of casual fun with a man she met online but a woman is now dead after falling 14 storeys from his Surfers Paradise apartment.
The 26-year-old woman was visiting Gable Tostee, 28, at his Avalon apartment after meeting him through an online dating app, believed to be Tinder.
Sources close to the investigation said the pair had been drinking and the woman was seen on the balcony prior to her death.
Police are investigating how she came to be outside after neighbours reported hearing a disturbance coming from the unit.
Homicide detectives have been called in to investigate.
Regional Crime Coordinator Detective Superintendent David Hutchinson said police were treating the death as suspicious as a matter of procedure.
“In all cases like this — any sudden death which can’t be explained — we treat as suspicious right from the start to ensure we determine what occurred,” he said.
Witnesses at the scene recalled hearing a scream and speculated that the woman may have slipped while trying to climb down the outside of the building.
The woman fell from the 14th floor about 2.30am and it is understood a witness contacted police immediately after seeing her fall.
A woman known only as Tania told Channel 9 she had been left traumatised by the incident.
“I heard her screaming once and then she stopped, and then she screamed again and then she stopped again, and then she screamed a third time and after that I heard a bang,” she said.
“It’s terrible, very upsetting.”
Police arrived a short time later but Mr Tostee had left the scene.
He handed himself in to detectives about 11am yesterday and was questioned for over two hours at Surfers Paradise Police Station.
He was released without charge a couple of hours later.
Investigators are looking through CCTV footage from inside and outside the building to help unravel what led to the woman’s death.
Residents of the Avalon hotel woke to find a crime scene at the Wahroonga Place entrance, with Adam Wilson saying he had not heard anything from his 17th floor apartment.
“I had a visitor early in the morning to check the fire alarms and he rang to say he couldn’t get in so that was the first I heard of it,” he said.
“Police asked me a few questions this morning, just who I was and what floor I was on.”
News of the death quickly hit social media, with one person claiming to have heard a loud scream followed by a bang while waiting at a bus stop around the time the woman fell.
Mr Tostee is known to police, masterminding a $30,000 Schoolies fake identification racket in 2004.
Mr Tostee and his friends Ryan Lee Sara and Jeremy James Stahl produced at least 500 fake 18+ cards, which they sold for about $60 each, before they were caught.
The trio was placed on probation but a conviction was not recorded.
At the time Judge John Newton described Mr Tostee as intellectually gifted and advised him to better use his skills in the future.
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