Missing car found
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.
The map shows where the car was found at the bottom of the Navua River yesterday.
A large crowd gathered along the Navua River to watch Police operations yesterday.
The two missing children Edwin and Dipshika 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.