File of mur­dered Rus­sian cou­ple with DPP of­fice

The dis­tinct fea­ture that stood out – all three finds had sim­i­lar wrap­pings in green net­ting, stones to weigh down the parts and sim­i­lar blue coloured fish­ing line that tied each wrap­pings to­gether.

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The Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion file re­gard­ing mur­dered Rus­sian cou­ple, Yuri Ship­ulin and Nataliya Gerasi­mova, has been handed to the Of­fice of the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions. This was con­firmed yes­ter­day by Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Bri­gadierGen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho. No in­for­ma­tion could be ob­tained on the con­tents of the file or the de­tails of find­ings of the Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The DPP, Christo­pher Pryde, is out of the coun­try and could not be reached for a com­ment. He is ex­pected to re­turn to of­fice on Mon­day. Mr Ship­ulin and Ms Gerasi­mova went miss­ing af­ter leav­ing their farm at Kachiqari, off the road lead­ing to Nau­sori High­lands in Nadi af­ter mid­day on June 16 and the only other sight­ings of them was through a Po­lice re­port that they were seen at De­na­rau hav­ing a few drinks on the same day.

Po­lice re­cov­ered the cou­ple’s ve­hi­cle, reg­is­tra­tion ‘PI­LOT’ on the evening of June 17 but the cou­ple was miss­ing. On June 24, through foren­sics find­ings; the first pair of feet was found, con­firmed to be that of Mr Ship­ulin and two days later, the sec­ond pair and be­long­ing to Ms Gerasi­mova was found. A de­cap­i­tated head, later con­firmed through DNA as that of Mr Ship­ulin, was found on Au­gust 3 by a New Zealand cou­ple wrapped in the same type of net­ting as the pairs of feet were found pre­vi­ously at Nata­dola Beach. Two weeks ago, a Po­lice dive team dis­cov­ered what was be­lieved to be a body part of Ms Gerasi­mova. The body part was sev­ered from be­low the navel and just above both knees. The dive team is be­lieved to have re­cov­ered the wrapping which con­tained the body part at a sec­tion of the reef, not far from where it was spot­ted on Fri­day night. A vil­lager while night div­ing for fish a few days ear­lier came across the wrapping stuck at the bot­tom of the reef.

The dis­tinct fea­ture that stood out with all three finds were that they had sim­i­lar wrap­pings in green net­ting, stones to weigh down the parts and sim­i­lar blue coloured fish­ing line that tied the wrapping to­gether. Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

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