Death Of Girl, 19, Shocks Res­i­dents Of Farm­ing Set­tle­ment

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Fam­i­lies re­sid­ing in a farm­ing set­tle­ment were still in a state of shock af­ter the body of a fe­male was found at Nabitu, near the Si­ga­toka River on Fri­day. And Po­lice said they were were look­ing for her 24-yearold part­ner.

The body has been in­den­ti­fied to be that of 19-year-old, Maraia Tauyavu.

She was found mo­tion­less near the Si­ga­toka river by res­i­dents on Fri­day afternoon.

Po­lice spokesper­son, Ana Naisoro said the vic­tim was last seen and heard ar­gu­ing with her part­ner at their home in Nabitu Set­tle­ment early Fri­day morn­ing be­fore she ran off.

There were in­juries on her body when she was found. The Fiji Sun team vis­ited the home of the vic­tim’s part­ner yes­ter­day.

Her part­ner’s mother, Rai­jieli Musu, 46, said her son had first brought the young woman home in Fe­bru­ary. “She was here with him for a while then she went to at­tend a fam­ily fu­neral in Suva. They were in touch through the mo­bile phone,” she said.

Ms Musu de­scribed Maraia as a “good girl”.

“We were in Suva and she lived here with my son. my son has been liv­ing here for the past seven years,” she said.

“We came down and then all this has happened. they had this ar­gu­ment since Au­gust 5.”

It is al­leged that the part­ner had in­ter­cepted a few mes­sages on social me­dia from Maraia to an­other per­son.

Ms Naisoro said Po­lice were still search­ing for the part­ner as in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tin­ued.

Photo: Waisea Na­sokia

Marisilino Radru­gale and Rai­jieli Musu at the scene of the Po­lice In­ves­ti­ga­tions.

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