A heartbroken father claims to have identified a suspect in the murder of his daughter after convincing a sex worker to infiltrate a criminal gang.
20-year-old Elly Warren from Melbourne was participating in a diving and volunteering program in the village of Tofo, Mozambique, when she was murdered and possibly raped in 2016.
Her father, Paul Warren, conducted the undercover investigation between August and September after alleging local authorities botched the case.
Believing he found the gang leader responsible for the murder of Elly, Mr Warren called on murder detectives in Mozambique to continue the search.
Elly Warren (pictured), 20, from Melbourne, was participating in a diving and volunteering program in the village of Tofo, Mozambique, when she was murdered and possibly raped in 2016
Elly's father Paul Warren (pictured together) opened his own investigation into his daughter's death after believing the case had been botched by local authorities
Mr Warren believes he uncovered the gang leader responsible for the murder of Elly (pictured above) and called on murder detectives in Mozambique to continue his search
“He is a bad man and is known and feared in the Tofo area. The locals believe he can get away with anything because he pays the police, ”he told the Australian.
"What we know for sure is that he runs a prostitution ring, deals in cocaine and is notorious for drugging and robbing tourists."
The father of three has spent at least $ 50,000 in the past four years and made two trips to Tofo to investigate Elly's death.
Last year he announced a $ 25,000 reward for information about her murder before the coronavirus pandemic slowed his plans for further visits.
Mr. Warren received a tip in March from a "very worried South African mother" warning him of a man who "trades and steals drinks" from tourists.
He then discussed the information with a German private detective who had offered to work on the investigation into Elly's death pro bono.
The couple spent several months planning a covert surveillance mission and putting the plan into action in August after local authorities had not made arrests.
"I felt like I had no choice but to do this operation … so we organized a prostitute to move to Tofo and befriend this gang leader over time to find out what we know about him and how he operates, "said Warren.
Mr. Warren received a lead relating to a man in Tofo who "drinks" and steals from tourists in March. He shared the information with a private investigator (Elly pictured)
They started a four-week undercover operation in August, and a sex worker infiltrated the gang and received records from the gang leader (Elly pictured above).
He stated that the operation lasted about four weeks and ended when the sex worker started fearful for her life and identified the crime boss as a key person of interest.
The sex worker received a series of undercover recordings of the gang leader who boasted of his criminal exploits and threatened a young woman.
Mr Warren now believes his daughter may have been the victim of a botched gang robbery attempt and was accidentally killed after trying to resist.
He said they could have dumped her body, which was found next to a toilet block, because they knew the police were trying to cover up the rape and murder of a foreign tourist.
Mr Warren said he had given consular officers at the Australian Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa a full report on the gang leader.
Mr Warren believes the gang leader is a prime suspect in the murder of his daughter Elly
He forwarded the results to local and Australian authorities in Africa (Elly pictured above).
The father of three also said he was reprimanded by Australian federal police over the September investigation.
In a letter from an AFP official, Mr Warren was warned that "you may jeopardize the ongoing efforts of the Australian authorities".
The AFP said it was still linked to the Mozambican authorities through its South African office and discussed the matter with them on September 21.
"The Australian Federal Police and DFAT continue to work with the Mozambican authorities in relation to the death of Australian national Elly Warren," a spokesman told Daily Mail Australia.
The Mozambican authorities are responsible for the ongoing investigation.
"The AFP has made offers of assistance to the Mozambican authorities and continues to work closely with the police."
Mr Warren included the email in a 71-page filing with the Coroners Court of Victoria as part of a motion for an Australian investigation into Elly's death.
A hearing on the instructions is scheduled for December 17th.
Mr Warren has requested an Australian investigation into Elly's (pictured above) death
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