Miss­ing car found

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cial Re­sponse Unit were mo­bilised yes­ter­day and went to the river for the search. A large crowd gath­ered to as­sist in the op­er­a­tion.

The car, how­ever, could not be sal­vaged be­cause it had been deeply em­bed­ded in the mud at the river bot­tom.

More divers needed

Po­lice said more divers were needed to bring out the ve­hi­cle. Two divers tried in vain yes­ter­day. They used spades to try to clear the mud which proved dif­fi­cult.

Po­lice chief of In­tel­li­gence and In­ves­ti­ga­tions, Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent (SSP) Luke Navela said Po­lice would re­in­force their team and would con­tinue the op­er­a­tion to­day. “This is to avoid any dam­age to the car as it has badly de­te­ri­o­rated,” he said. Po­lice want to pre­serve any ev­i­dence the ve­hi­cle may have in re­la­tion to the two chil­dren, Ed­win and Dip­shika. They are listed as miss­ing. A year af­ter the fam­ily dis­ap­peared, the re­mains of their par­ents were re­port­edly found at a beach in Pa­cific Har­bour. Fam­ily re­sponds

The older brother of Ms Devi said their fam­ily was still try­ing to come to terms with the news. Kishore Ku­mar said the past 10 years had been hard for the fam­ily, es­pe­cially for the miss­ing Ku­mar’s el­dest daugh­ter, Deepika Ku­mar, who is now re­sid­ing in Amer­ica. “Life was mis­er­able for us be­cause we didn’t know whether their chil­dren were still around or have died,” Mr Ku­mar said. “It was not easy. We miss them every day. Their daugh­ter has been very trau­ma­tised, lost and sad be- cause she didn’t have any­one to talk to.”

The dis­cov­ery of the car, he said had at least cleared some of their sense of loss al­though they still had doubts of the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing their dis­ap­pear­ance. “We searched all around Fiji and it was very sur­pris­ing that the car was in the Navua River all this time, but how come my sis­ter and brother-in-law’s bod­ies were found at a beach in Pa­cific Har­bour? It is still a mys­tery,” he said. In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer

Mr Ku­mar, the in­ves­ti­gat­ing Po­lice of­fi­cer in the case but now re­tired, said he was sat­is­fied that the case was on the verge of be­ing solved. Mr Ku­mar said he was haunted by the case and was determined that one day the mys­tery sur­round­ing the dis­ap­pear­ance of the Ku­mar fam­ily would be solved.

“I feel re­ally happy and sat­is­fied that this mys­tery is now go­ing to be solved,” an emo­tional Mr Ku­mar said. He com­mended Brigadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho for act­ing swiftly. “The na­tion as a whole was con­cerned about the dis­ap­pear­ance of this fam­ily and Po­lice even had to ask the New Zealand Po­lice for as­sis­tance,” he said.

Life was mis­er­able for us be­cause we didn’t know whether their chil­dren were still around or had died.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

The map shows where the car was found at the bot­tom of the Navua River yes­ter­day.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

A large crowd gath­ered along the Navua River to watch Po­lice op­er­a­tions yes­ter­day.

The two miss­ing chil­dren Ed­win and Dip­shika Ku­mar.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

For­mer Po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer of the miss­ing Ku­mar fam­ily Pardeep Ku­mar.

Deepika Ku­mar is the only sur­viv­ing mem­ber of miss­ing Ku­mar fam­ily of Navua.

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