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Car Find Brings Some Closure

The discovery of the car that had mysteriously disappeared with the Kumar family in Navua 10 years ago has brought some closure to the only surviving member of the family.
02 May 2016 07:18
Car Find Brings Some Closure
Police Officers still working on getting the Car that is believed to be the Kumar family that went missing in the Navua river in 2006. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

The discovery of the car that had mysteriously disappeared with the Kumar family in Navua 10 years ago has brought some closure to the only surviving member of the family.

The Kumars’ eldest daughter Deepika Kumar, who is in her 30s, said: “I remember them every day but the discovery is a relief and finally a fix for the puzzle.”

Her parents, father and taxi driver  Davendra Kumar, 42, her mother Nirupa Devi, 32, sister Dipshika Kumar, 9, and brother Edwin Kumar, 3, disappeared on April 19, 2006. They were last seen leaving the Assemblies of God Church in Calia on a rainy night in a white Toyota Corolla taxi, registration number LT1511. The remains of her parents were found on a Deuba beach a year later and she helped identify them. But her siblings are still missing and she hopes their remains are still in the car.

Ms Kumar left the country after getting married five years ago and has a daughter. She now lives in Hayward, California.

In an email to the Fiji Sun yesterday, Ms Kumar said she last spoke to her parents a month before their disappearance.

She said the past 10 years had been difficult.

“It was difficult, I broke down, I am still empty, I long to hear their voices; I search for my siblings’ faces in others wondering what they would look like after growing up,” Ms Kumar said.

“I remember them every day but the car discovery is a relief.

“I know that if they are missing they are gone forever; however I have the hope of seeing them after this life.”

Growing up in a farming community, Ms Kumar attributed her upbringing as one of the factors that has helped her through the ordeal during the past 10 years.

“I was the only child for the longest, I grew up in a loving extended family with positive vibes; I guess living in a farmland and being connected to nature was an awesome upbringing that has given me that peace to continue life as I do,” she said.

“I am still in a trance, but my dad always told me to look further beyond. I see so many people suffering with no hope but I am positive that my family is in a better place today, and I would like to thank all the people of Fiji for praying and standing by me through all these years.”

 

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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