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Decapitated Head Found

A human head was found at Natadola Beach yesterday wrapped in the same type of netting as the pairs of feet discovered at Natadola Beach last week. The head was found
05 Jul 2016 09:22
Decapitated Head Found
Police officers cordon off the area where a decapitated human head was found at Natadola Beach. Photo: Litia Tikomailepanoni

A human head was found at Natadola Beach yesterday wrapped in the same type of netting as the pairs of feet discovered at Natadola Beach last week.

The head was found by New Zealand couple – Graeme Bickley and wife Jan – who were swimming not far from shore and almost directly in front of the spot where the vehicle belonging to murdered Russians, Yuri Shipulin and Natalia was found last month.

The New Zealand couple alerted Police, and Chief of Intelligence and Investigation, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Luke Navela confirmed the discovery.

The Fiji Sun team was at Natadola Beach to take photos of Police divers searching for the rest of the Russian couple’s bodies. Naval Squadron divers were expected to join the search yesterday.

Much like the human feet found last week, the decapitated head was found within green netting, had stones to weigh it down and was fastened together by fishing line. The similarity was also confirmed by ACP Navela.

He said the discovered remains would be kept at the Lautoka Hospital and forensic tests would be conducted to determine if the head belonged to Mr Shipulin or his wife Natalia.

On Sunday, ACP Navela confirmed DNA tests from the pairs of feet matched that of their families in Russia.

Mr Shipulin and Natalia were reported missing from June 16 by their business partner Andrew Luzanenk.

The murdered couple’s vehicle, a grey metallic Toyota Land Cruiser, bearing the registration ‘PILOT’, was seen driving in to Natadola Beach.

Police located the vehicle parked under trees at the beach. Its doors were unlocked with the keys still in the ignition. Police found women’s clothing, believed to be that of Natalia and the one she was wearing the previous day. They also found a passport.

Investigations continue.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback: charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

 



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