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New Clue For Missing Family?

New Clue For Missing Family?
The investigating officer of the case at the time, Pardeep Kumar, formerly of the Crimes Department at the Navua Police Station, points to the location where a diver had spotted a white vehicle in the Navua River. Photo: Ronald Kumar
April 30
11:57 2016

A diver has found a car lodged in the mud at the bottom of the Navua River that could reveal clues to the mysterious disappearance of a family.

Police will try to winch the car in on Monday.

The Kumar family of Navua disappeared on a rainy night 10 years ago.

A Calia man in Navua was diving for fish when he saw a white vehicle half buried in the mud. He reported the sighting to Pardeep Kumar, now a retired Police officer who originally investigated the case.

Mr Kumar then reported it to the Police. Mr Kumar said he was hoping for a breakthrough because the case had haunted him.

Taxi driver Davendra Kumar, 42, his wife, Nirupa Devi, 32, daughter Dipshika Kumar,  nine and EdwinKumar, 3, were last seen leaving the Assemblies of God Church at Calia in Navua between 9 and 9.30pm on the night of April 19, 2006 in their white taxi wagon registration number LT 1511.

They were never seen again. Relatives reported the matter to Police a month later on May 3, 2006.

A search was conducted but to no avail.

Body remains were found a year later at a beach in Pacific Harbour. Mr Kumar’s oldest daughter, Dipika Kumar, who was a student at the University of the South Pacific then later confirmed that the two bodies were of her parents.

However, the white taxi and the missing bodies of her two younger siblings still remain a mystery.

Mr Kumar said the case had always bothered him ever since.

“When I got the news from the diver I informed Police and I hope they will take action as quickly as possible since the river is a bit clean,” Mr Kumar said.

“This is an interesting case. I’m retired but this case still haunts me. The family’s relatives were still contacting me after I retired in 2011 if there were any updates on the case.”

He said the sighting of the white vehicle  would play a major role in the closure of the case.

“The only thing left is to find their white taxi and the bodies of their two children; this is what concerns me a lot,” he said.

Meanwhile, crime officers at the Navua Police Station yesterday confirmed receiving a report that a diver had sighted a white vehicle.

They said they were still in the process of locating the file and divers would be at the river by Monday.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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