Police Seek DNA Help From Interpol
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.
Alipate Harilevu (left) who discovered the first pair of feet with fellow security officer Malakai Rauqera at Natadola Beach yesterday.