Accused cocaine smuggler Cassie Sainsbury had fled her South Australian hometown after racking up tens of thousands of dollars in debt due to a failed business venture, reports claim.
Speaking with News.com.au, fellow Yorke Peninsula residents say the 22-year-old “disappeared basically overnight” after her gym business collapsed last September, leaving a massive debt in her wake.
“It was a shock to me, plus the community,” the Yorketown florist Lyn Gates told the publication.
“All of a sudden, she just took off and not paid – nicked – the rent and the equipment just disappeared.”
Steph Bajcarz, a former school friend of Sainsbury’s also agreed that the Adelaide woman had been struggling with her finances in recent times.
“She didn’t pay her rent for a really long time and it could be in the thousands,” she told 7News.
“She just kind of shut it [the business] down and she said she was changing careers.”
The shocking claims follow ominous social media posts surfacing, which reveal the aspiring actor and model predicted a monumental life event occurring just weeks before embarking on her doomed trip.
In an Instagram post on January 10 Sainsbury penned.
“50 days until I make the biggest move I’ve yet to do… 50 days until everything changes.”
In another post that has since been deleted, she wrote: “Moving interstate driving me cray cray! #save me! Not long before the big move now, super excited and can’t wait to leave so much luggage behind.”
Sainsbury was on the last leg of a world trip when she was allegedly found with 5.8 kilograms of cocaine hidden in headphone packages in her suitcase at Bogota airport.
Colombian police have revealed a tip off about the suspicious purchase of her plane ticket led to her arrest.
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