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More Body Parts Spotted?

A Police dive unit returned to Natadola Beach, Nadi, yesterday to check out a new report regarding the  murdered Russian couple Yuri Shipulin and Natalia Gerasimova. The report was that a
21 Sep 2016 11:17
More Body Parts Spotted?
Police vehicles tht brought a team of divers at Natadola Beach yesterday. Photo: Charles Chambers.

A Police dive unit returned to Natadola Beach, Nadi, yesterday to check out a new report regarding the  murdered Russian couple Yuri Shipulin and Natalia Gerasimova.

The report was that a diver from a nearby village  claimed that while

diving for fish last Friday, he saw wrapping  similar  to the ones used in the earlier body part finds.

Police spokesperson, Ana Naisoro, said yesterday: “The only thing Police can confirm is that our divers are back at Natadola.”

Ms Naisoro said the dive team was reactivated following a report Police had received. She could not make any further comments.

A Fiji Sun team went to Natadola yesterday and spotted a team of Police divers ready to head out to a particular spot near the end of the reef to the right of the beach.

A reliable source from Natadola said the villager was out diving for fish on Friday night.

“As he went below one part of the reef, he spotted a similar wrapping as that which was earlier found and contained body parts of the murdered Russians,” he said.

The source said the villager was too scared to pull the wrapping out and informed Police on Saturday morning.

Investigations had gone  cold after the discovery of body parts earlier. It was confirmed then that the body parts belonged to the Russians.

Mr Shipulin and Ms Gerasimova went missing after leaving their farm at Kachiqari, off the road leading to Nausori Highlands in Nadi after midday on June 16 and the only other sightings of them was through a police report that they were seen at Denarau having a few drinks.

Police recovered the couple’s vehicle, registration ‘PILOT’ on the evening of June 17 but the couple were missing.

On June 24, the first pair of feet were found, confirmed by DNA to be that of Mr Shipulin. Two days later, the second pair  belonging to Ms Gerasimova, were found.

A decapitated head, later confirmed through DNA as that of Mr Shipulin, was found wrapped in the same type of netting as the pairs of feet were found previously at Natadola Beach on August 3 by a New Zealand couple.

The distinct feature that stood out with all three finds were that they had similar wrappings in green netting, stones to weigh down the parts and similar blue coloured fishing line that held the wrapping together.

By late yesterday, the diving team was still searching the reefs but police have remained tight-lipped on whether they found any more body parts.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

Feedback:  charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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