Po­lice Seek DNA Help From In­ter­pol

Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - CHARLES CHAM­BERS NATADOLA Edited by Maraia Vula charles.cham­bers@fi­jisun.com.fj

Po­lice have sought help from In­ter­pol for DNA sam­ples from the fam­i­lies of a Rus­sian cou­ple who have been miss­ing for al­most two weeks now. This was con­firmed by Di­rec­tor Crime and In­tel­li­gence ACP Luke Navela yes­ter­day. The DNA sam­ples would be used to see if it matched the two pairs of feet found at Natadola Beach over the past three days.

It was also re­vealed by a se­cu­rity guard at Natadola Beach, Malakai Rauqera that some in­ner or­gans, wrapped in the same man­ner as that which the two feet were found in at the beach last Wed­nes­day. The dis­cov­ery, two days be­fore the first pair of feet was found, was made by Gaberieli Seru, also a se­cu­rity guard. He thought it to be the in­ner or­gans of an an­i­mal and threw it back in the wa­ter be­cause it had started to give off a bad smell. Mr Seru then dis­cov­ered the sec­ond pair of feet on Sun­day.

Po­lice have also not ruled out that the miss­ing pairs of feet could be that of some other per­sons and that the cou­ple may have left Fiji.

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 on June 16 and have not been seen since.

Ac­cord­ing to a Po­lice source, the cou­ple were spot­ted a lit­tle later that day 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, the doors un­locked with the keys still in the ig­ni­tion.

It is be­lieved Po­lice found cloth­ing in­side the ve­hi­cle be­long­ing to Natalia, which was said to be the one she was wear­ing on Thurs­day and a pass­port. Last Fri­day a se­cu­rity guard, Ali­pate Har­ilevu, dis­cov­ered a pair of feet, about 200 me­tres from where the ve­hi­cle was parked. It had been washed ashore by the waves and on Sun­day, a sec­ond pair was found about 150 me­tres away. Both pairs were wrapped in the same man­ner which was net­ting usu­ally found at green­houses, weighed down by stones and tied to­gether with a blue fish­ing line. Mr Rauqera, who saw the sec­ond pair of feet, said it looked to be that of a fe­male as its toe nails had nail pol­ish on it. About 50 Po­lice of­fi­cers combed the cou­ple’s farm and house yes­ter­day and a group of divers were to re-com­mence div­ing at Natadola Beach. Po­lice could not di­vulge any in­for­ma­tion on whether any clues or ev­i­dence were up­lifted from the farm. At Natadola Beach yes­ter­day morn­ing, Po­lice ar­rived at dif­fer­ent times check­ing lo­ca­tions near where the ve­hi­cle ‘PI­LOT’ was parked.

Malakai Rauqera said that some in­ner or­gans, wrapped in the same man­ner as that which the two feet were found in was found at the beach last Wed­nes­day.

Photo: Charles Cham­bers

Ali­pate Har­ilevu (left) who dis­cov­ered the first pair of feet with fel­low se­cu­rity of­fi­cer Malakai Rauqera at Natadola Beach yes­ter­day.

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