PO­LICE: RUS­SIANS WERE MUR­DERED

Body parts found were that of miss­ing cou­ple, DNA tests showed

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - CHARLES CHAM­BERS LAUTOKA

Rus­sian cou­ple Yuri Ship­ulin and his wife, Natalia, were mur­dered and their bod­ies dis­mem­bered, Po­lice said yes­ter­day.

Chief of In­tel­li­gence and Crime As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Luke Navela con­firmed the DNA sam­ples from the two pairs of feet found matched that of their fam­i­lies in Rus­sia.

Mean­while, a Po­lice source said de­tec­tives were also check­ing out in­for­ma­tion that one of the cou­ple’s chain­saws was miss­ing from the farm. ACP Navela said Po­lice had not brought that in­for­ma­tion into the in­ves­ti­ga­tions yet. There were also un­con­firmed re­ports that the cou­ple were seen at a re­sort close to where their feet were found that Thurs­day evening. The un­con­firmed re­ports said the cou­ple were seen at the back of the ho­tel and were asked by a se­cu­rity guard to stay in the front of the ho­tel. ACP Navela said they had no re­ports re­gard­ing this in­for­ma­tion, but Po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing all leads. The pairs of feet were found wrapped in net­tings, weighed down by stones and held to­gether by fish­ing lines. They were washed up on Nata­dola Beach. More body parts were later found on the beach.

The cou­ple 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.

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 seen driv­ing to Nata­dola Beach.

The fol­low­ing day, Po­lice, act­ing on a miss­ing per­son’s re­port raised by the cou­ple’s busi­ness part­ner, An­drew Luza­nenk, lo­cated the ve­hi­cle parked un­der trees at the beach.

Its doors were un­locked with the keys still

in the ig­ni­tion. Po­lice found a woman’s cloth­ing, be­lieved to be the one Natalia was wear­ing the pre­vi­ous day and a pass­port. Mr Luza­nenk told the Fiji Sun two days af­ter the cou­ple were re­ported miss­ing that they were go­ing through a fi­nan­cial cri­sis. Their busi­ness was badly hit by Cy­clone

Win­ston which rav­aged their fruit and veg­etable farm. Mean­while, divers from the Fi­jian navy will as­sist Po­lice from to­day to search the Nata­dola wa­ters to see if more body parts or ev­i­dence could be found.

Po­lice found a woman’s cloth­ing, be­lieved to be the one Natalia was wear­ing the pre­vi­ous day and a pass­port.

Chief of In­tel­li­gence and Crime ACP Luke Navela.

Photo: Waisea Na­sokia

The miss­ing Rus­sian cou­ple... Yuri Ship­ulin and wife, Natalia. Their ve­hi­cle was later found aban­doned at Nata­dola Beach with the car keys still in the ig­ni­tion. IN­SET: The Rus­sian cou­ple’s ve­hi­cle cov­ered in dust at the Nadi Po­lice Sta­tion.

Photo: Charles Cham­bers

Malakai Rauqera points to the spot where a pair of feet was found.

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