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Interpol Russia To Test Feet Sample For DNA

Police have sent samples from two pairs of feet found at Natadola Beach, to Interpol in Russia for DNA test. The result will be compared to the DNA of the
01 Jul 2016 11:04
Interpol Russia To Test Feet Sample For DNA
From left: Investigations Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Luke Navela, Acting Director CID Superintendent of Police (SP) Eparama Waqa, ASP Crime Lautoka Suliano Mocelekutu, Divisional Police commander West SSP Marika Yalimaiwai and ACP Rusiate Tudravu at Natadola yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Police have sent samples from two pairs of feet found at Natadola Beach, to Interpol in Russia for DNA test.

The result will be compared to the DNA of the families of the missing Russian couple.

A match will confirm that the feet belonged to Yuri Shipulin and his wife, Natalia, who have been missing since June 16.

Interpol will also investigate the background of the couple in Russia before coming to Fiji.

Chief of Intelligence and Investigations Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Luke Navela confirmed the sending of the samples to Russia for DNA tests.

The Russians left their farm in the hills of Kachiquari, which is off a feeder road on the way to Nausori Highlands, in Nadi, sometime after midday on June 16.

According to a Police source, the couple were spotted a little later at Denarau Island having some drinks.

Later that same afternoon, the couple’s vehicle, a grey metallic Toyota Land Cruiser, bearing the registration ‘PILOT’, was found at Natadola Beach, the doors unlocked with the keys still in the ignition.

Police found a woman’s passport and clothing which was believed to belong to Natalia and which was said to be the one she was wearing on that day.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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