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Bones Found In Car, Says Police Chief

Police yesterday confirmed that there were bones believed to be human remains in the car belonging to the Kumar family of Navua who mysteriously disappeared 10 years ago. This is
05 May 2016 10:10
Bones Found In Car, Says Police Chief
Human bones were also recovered with the car of missing Kumar family from Navua river yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

Police yesterday confirmed that there were bones believed to be human remains in the car belonging to the Kumar family of Navua who mysteriously disappeared 10 years ago.

This is after the white taxi station wagon, Reg No. LT 1511, was pulled out of the Navua River yesterday by divers from the Police Special Response Unit.

Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said, “Yes there were bones that appear to be human bones found in the car. Our Forensics team is looking into this and we will confirm by tomorrow.”

Taxi driver, Davendra Kumar, 42, wife Nirupa Devi, 32, daughter Dipshika Kumar, 9, and son Edwin Kumar, 3, were last seen leaving the Assemblies of God Church at Calia in Navua in a white taxi at around 9.30pm on a rainy night of April 19, 2006.

One year later, the parents’ remains, identified by the only surviving daughter Deepika Kumar, were found at a beach in Pacific Harbour. Dipshika and Edwin are still unaccounted for up to now.

The Police divers had used a compressor and a PVC pipe to suck out the sand and mud that had half-buried the car before it could be winched out.

The salvage operation had taken five days because the car was deeply embedded in the mud and sand at the river bottom was care was being taken not to disintegrate the car further to preserve any evidence it may contain.

Brigadier- General Qiliho yesterday also acknowledged the assistance offered by the Navy Commander, Commander John Fox and his team in the salvage of the car.

Deepika calls for further investigation

Meanwhile, the only surviving member of the Kumar family, Deepika Kumar yesterday pleaded with Police to reopen investigation into the case.

Ms Kumar who now resides in Hayward, California said she still wondered to this day what could have happened to her family.

“My whole body is shivering; they were my children; I basically raised them.

“I miss my siblings; I can’t imagine what they went through during those moments, but am still wondering how my parents’ bodies were found so far away.

“I hope the detectives do a full and thorough investigation; once again thank you all for your efforts in the retrieval of our car,” Ms Kumar wrote in an email to the Fiji Sun yesterday.

Brigadier-General Qiliho said the case was never closed, however investigations was reactivated after a report was lodged of the discovery of the car in the Navua River.

“The case was never closed.

“It was filed until this new evidence came to light and investigations were reactivated,” he said.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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