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Death Hill: Discovery Of Five Bodies In The Nausori Highlands Clouded In Mystery

“When I checked, there was a baby there and five bodies, We brought the baby who was alive and crying and then I called the Police. It was the first time I saw such a horrific incident after 14 years of travelling in this area.”
27 Aug 2019 12:46
Death Hill: Discovery Of Five Bodies In The Nausori Highlands Clouded In Mystery
Police officers at the crime scene in the Nausori Highlands where five bodies were found. INSET: Police officers remove one of the bodies from the crime scene. Photos: Waisea Nasokia / Police Media Cell

A cloud of mystery surrounds the discovery of five family members found dead in the Nausori Highlands yesterday morning.

The Fiji Sun has established that the dead are from a family from Legalega in Nadi. But this had not been confirmed by Police late last night. Acting on legal advice, we have as a result not published the names or photos we have until Police have confirmed.

A toddler was also found crawling around the ground at the sightseeing area of Celekuta between Yavuna and Tubenasolo.

Police have cordoned off the area and investigations begun to ascertain motive and the cause of death of the couple, their daughter and the two grandchildren.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said they were alerted by a witness who saw a child believed to be crawling near the bodies discovered at the bottom of a cliff.

The child was rushed to the Nausori Highlands Nursing Station to be stabilised and then transferred to Nadi hospital before being taken to Lautoka Hospital under the observation of the Department of Social Welfare.

The child’s mother is in Australia and is expected to arrive in the country today.

Meanwhile, a mother of two is still trying to figure out how a one-year-old child survived the dark and cold morning in the highlands.

The child was found crying near five bodies lying motionless at the sightseeing area of Celekuta between Yavuna and Tubenasolo.

A man, who was on a horseback searching for his cattle, found the bodies and alerted a passing vehicle.

Kelera Toloi, 25, was on her way to pick up something at their farm around 9 am when she came across two vehicles parked in the area.

She then learned that a child was found alive from the scene.

“As a mother, it is a very sad scenario. I am really sad to see that,” the Drue, Kadavu, native said.

“I grabbed her and changed her soggy diaper straight away then fed her two milk bottles. By the looks of it, she was hungry but I wonder what inhumane mind could have done such a thing.

“Fortunately she did not walk or she would have fallen off the cliff,” Ms Toloi said.

A carrier driver, Mohammed Javed, 32, of Mulomulo, Nadi, had gone down the cliff to fetch the child.

He said he was on his way to pick up a job at Nausori Highlands.

“One guy stopped me to say a baby was crying there,” he pointed to spot near the cliff.

“When I checked, there was a baby there and five bodies, We brought the baby who was alive and crying and then I called the Police. It was the first time I saw such a horrific incident after 14 years of travelling in this area.”

The family’s neighbour, Adi Tea Kunasau, 21, said the family had been missing from home since August 24.

“I’m not sure what happened, even the Police officers asked us what happened we just told them that on Saturday afternoon until this morning (yesterday morning) they were not here. They left on Saturday and didn’t return,” she said.

“The Police came to me at around 5 pm and they told us what had happened.”

Ms Kunasau said she was unaware that the viral posts on social media shared by many were of her neighbours.

“We didn’t know it was them until we saw the post on Facebook,” she said.

“They were supposed to have (the niece’s) birthday party next week and uncle asked us to do the lovo for her birthday.”

She said the young woman who died and her husband had been separated for some time.

“I knew her and her husband were separated and he used to only come home when his in-laws weren’t at home,” she said.

A close family member said he was unable to make any comment.

Edited by Percy Kean

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