Australian woman dies after dream move to Bali

Olyvia Cowley. Photo: Facebook
Olyvia Cowley. Photo: Facebook

Last Friday, an Australian woman named Olyvia Cowley was found dead at her villa in Bali in a case that has just attracted considerable attention in her home country.

The case is reportedly still under investigation. Local authorities have not publicized the cause of and circumstances surrounding her death.

The 24-year-old Gold Coast native moved to Bali in April, after quitting her job to pursue her dream of starting a boutique on the Island of Gods. 

Following the move, Cowley regularly posted about her Bali adventures on social media. She seemed enamored by the Bali lifestyle, writing the caption, “you realize you’re living everything you prayed for” in a TikTok video.

In early August, Cowley’s boyfriend flew to the island to pay her a visit. It’s not clear whether or not he was in Bali when she was found dead on Aug. 19.

Cowley last posted on Facebook on July 25. Prior to that post, she had changed her profile picture and uploaded a cover photo depicting a breathtaking view of the island.

A fundraiser was set up to help fly Cowley’s body to her home in the Gold Coast. Set up by a family friend, Shae Barr, the fundraiser was made “to ease the financial pressure on the family moving forward.”

Yesterday, Cowley’s mother, Christina Blakelock, and her partner reportedly flew from Japan to Bali to take her daughter’s body home.

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