Body Parts Found

Rus­sian taken in for ques­tion­ing on Thurs­day night.

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - Charles Cham­bers

S ecu­rity guard Malakai Rauqera points to the place where a pair of feet, chopped off from the an­kle, were found at Nata­dola Beach, Nadi, yes­ter­day. Po­lice have not ruled out that it could be­long to ei­ther of a Rus­sian cou­ple, Yuri Ship­ulin and his wife, Natalia, re­ported miss­ing since last Thurs­day. The find was about 200 me­tres from where the cou­ple’s ve­hi­cle was found by Po­lice on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Apair of feet, chopped off from the an­kle, was found at Nata­dola Beach yes­ter­day. Po­lice have not ruled out that it could be­long to ei­ther of the Rus­sian cou­ple who were re­ported miss­ing last week. The hu­man body parts were found by se­cu­rity of­fi­cer Ali­pate Har­ilevu about 200me­tres from where the cou­ple’s ve­hi­cle was found by Po­lice on Fri­day af­ter­noon. The Fiji Sun also es­tab­lished that a man was taken in for ques­tion­ing on Thurs­day night. More rev­e­la­tions were un­earthed yes­ter­day by wit­nesses at Nata­dola who had seen the cou­ple’s ve­hi­cle ar­rive there on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

Yuri Ship­ulin and his wife, Natalia left their farm in the hills of Kachi­quari, which is off a feeder road on the way to Nau­sori High­lands, in Nadi, some­time af­ter mid­day last Thurs­day. Ac­cord­ing to a Po­lice source, the cou­ple were spot­ted a lit­tle later at De­na­rau Is­land hav­ing some drinks.

Later that same af­ter­noon, the cou­ple’s ve­hi­cle, a grey metal­lic Toy­ota Land Cruiser, bear­ing the reg­is­tra­tion ‘PI­LOT’, was found at Nata­dola Beach, with the doors un­locked and the keys still in the ig­ni­tion. Po­lice have also con­firmed that sand found in the cou­ple’s sec­ond ve­hi­cle had been taken for anal­y­sis to see whether it matched the sand at Nata­dola Beach. Mean­while se­cu­rity of­fi­cer Har­ilevu is em­ployed by Sea Breeze Wa­ter Sports at Nata­dola Beach where he looks af­ter their jet skis for hire.

Since the jet skis are kept full­time at the beach, the com­pany hires se­cu­rity of­fi­cers who keep a watch on it, es­pe­cially dur­ing the night.

Mr Har­ilevu had just fin­ished his shift at 8am yes­ter­day when he saw the heavy surf pound­ing onto an ob­ject on the wa­ter’s edge. On his in­spec­tion, he found the pair of feet, wrapped in green net­ting, sim­i­lar to ones used for green­houses, with about five stones in­side, prob­a­bly used as weight and tied to­gether with fish­ing line.

The pair of feet re­port­edly be­longed to a cau­casian and had all the toes in­tact.

Po­lice de­tec­tives, led by di­vi­sional Po­lice com­man­der West SSP Marika Yal­i­mai­wai and di­vi­sional crime of­fi­cer West ASP Alik­sio Lawak­eni ar­rived at the beach and af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tions took the body parts with them. Af­ter­noon shift work­ers spot­ted the ve­hi­cle, ‘PI­LOT’ ar­riv­ing some­time af­ter 5pm and driv­ing to the far end of the beach on the day the cou­ple dis­ap­peared. It re­turned a short while later and parked at the spot where it was found later by the Po­lice. Ru­peni Tokavou, an­other se­cu­rity of­fi­cer, be­gan his shift at 7pm that night at the beach and no­ticed the ve­hi­cle parked there. “The place was bright be­cause of the moon,” he said. “We thought some peo­ple had come to party there so we did not pay much at­ten­tion.” Later that night, as Mr Tokavou and three other col­leagues hud­dled around a fire they had lit, they no­ticed a fire too was lit near the ve­hi­cle. “We saw a torch light later go near the wa­ter and re­turned.” At about 3am on Fri­day morn­ing, a man, who looked cau­casian walked past and they thought he was a guest at Yat­ule Re­sort, which is nearby. “As he walked past us, he held a mo­bile phone up to his ear, par­tially cov­er­ing his face and he had turned his head away from us,” Mr Tokavou said. “We saw he did not en­ter Yat­ule Re­sort but walked away to­wards the gravel road that led to the Nata­dola Road.” On Fri­day morn­ing, the new shift of work­ers, in­clud­ing Malakai Rauqera no­ticed ‘PI­LOT’ still parked at the same spot. “I went over and checked and no­ticed the right back tyre was punc­tured, the keys still in the ig­ni­tion, some lady’s clothes and a woman’s pass­port,” Mr Rauqera said.

Po­lice ar­rived later that af­ter­noon and took the ve­hi­cle to the Nadi Po­lice Sta­tion.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions are con­tin­u­ing.

Photo: Charles Cham­bers

Photo: Charles Cham­bers

The cou­ple’s sec­ond ve­hi­cle (right), in which sand was found, parked at the Nadi Po­lice Sta­tion last night.

Photo: Charles Cham­bers

A stick marks the spot near the wa­ter’s edge where the feet were found.

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