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Cairns woman had 'platonic' friendship with accused murderer

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The man accused of killing Cairns woman China Crawford had been a friend of hers for months with their relationship getting more serious in recent weeks, police say.

The body of China Crawford was discovered on Wednesday afternoon by concerned colleagues after she had not turned up to work for two days.

While the 32-year-old's cause of death is yet to be established, Ms Crawford's injuries led them to regard the death as suspicious.

Officers immediately began combing her Bentley Park unit, where she lived alone.

Her 26-year-old friend Richard Dunlop was charged early this morning with murder, interfering with a corpse and stealing her property.

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