In a case that has shocked the nation more details have emerged surrounding the death of 11 year old Zoe Buttigieg.

The 11 year old’s body was discovered by her mum early on Sunday morning, 25th October, after a party had been held at their Wangaratta home the night before. The victim’s mother had reportedly spent hours away from the house while the party was on.

And now a man from Mildura has been charged with the rape and murder of Zoe Buttigieg.

Victorian Police have said that they charged the 29 year old man on Wednesday after he was reprimanded for questioning when he was found walking barefoot along the Hume Freeway at around 6.30am on Sunday morning.

The family have released a statement saying:

“Zoe’s family would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Wangaratta police, the homicide squad and paramedics who attended the scene.

“Their continuing support during this terrible time in our lives has just been extraordinary.

“We are overwhelmed by the community support and would like to say a huge thank you to those who organised and attended the candlelight vigil at the park that Zoe always enjoyed playing at.

“We are so very touched and thankful for all the personal messages and tributes and for the concern which has been shown for the well-being of the family.

“Zoe’s mother would like to personally thank all who have stood by her.”

The grieving family have asked for privacy as they prepare for Zoe’s funeral.

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  • My heart broke when I read this story. I don’t meant to sound judgemental but the mother invited the monster into her home and partied with him including taking illegal drugs and drinking to the point where she was unable to protect her child. She now has to live with the consequences. As a parent, we have been given responsibility for looking after our children, she didn’t fully appreciate what that meant and has unfortunately now got to live with the results.


  • Another sad story, so incredibly sad.


  • Wow how sad for all involved, another angel lost to violence


  • Such a sad story, nobody deserves that, especially a beautiful little girl. RIP Zoe :( <3


  • So very sad. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
    RIP beautiful girl.


  • Poor darling. No one, especially not a child, should have to go through anything as horrible as that!! RIP Zoe x


  • My heart breaks at the thought of this little angels last moments on earth, rest peacefully Zoe. My thoughts and prays are for the family.


  • Terrible terrible story. This is why I never ever took my kids to parties, nor had big parties at my home, when they were little. Alcohol, and now drugs more so, make people so unpredictable. My thoughts are with her family :,(


  • What on earth is going on in our society today, where some people think they can take whatever they want from another person, eye for an eye.


  • So sad.
    Well done to the police on their efforts tho.


  • so sad rest in peace beautiful girl


  • My deepest condolences for your loss. I’m glad that someone has been apprehended for this unthinkable crime. RIP Zoe.


  • So incredibly sad and tragic. RIP little one.


  • So sad nobody was there for this child to protect her .No good blaming because it’s done & was able to happen .Mother has payed a heavy price .Sweet dream RIP

    • Totally agree someone should have been there to PROTECT this poor little girl. Very heavy price to pay for Neglect. RIP ANGEL NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN


  • it is just so very sad. Another innocent life taken too soon


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