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Mystery case

Nasik Swami
Tuesday, January 07, 2014

THE discovery of a former Fiji woman found severely burnt in bushland in New South Wales, Australia, has baffled Australian authorities.

In an interview yesterday, NSW Green Valley Police Commander Detective Superintendent James Johnson confirmed Monika Chetty, 39, was found with burns so terrible she couldn't be physically identified.

She was found just metres from houses in West Hoxton on Friday evening.

Superintendent Johnson said Ms Chetty was contaminated with some sort of chemical which resulted in 80 per cent burns to her body including her face which is barely recognisable.

And Green Valley Police are appealing to all Fijians to come forward with any information about Ms Chetty who is homeless and has been living on the streets in Sydney for a number of years.

"We are seeking any person that knows this lady and can provide us with information of her exact whereabouts especially in the past one month to come forward to allow us to build a picture of where this lady has been and the circumstances leading up to her horrific injuries," SP Johnson said.

He said details were sketchy about the mother of three whose husband left her years ago.

SP Johnson said Ms Chetty was discovered by police after neighbours from the West Hoxton area reported sighting her in bushland.

"We spoke to the lady (Ms Chetty).

"She indicated that she was attacked at Liverpool suburbs," said SP Johnson

"She was not able to provide us with specific locations or dates and that is why we have made a public appeal for anyone who might have seen her."

He confirmed that a number of people had indicated seeing Ms Chetty in different parts of NSW and especially in the Sydney area.

"She has been here for some time. She is estranged from her family and has been living on the streets for a number of years."

SP Johnson said they were not following any leads but were open to all motives.

He also said a number of people were interviewed in relation to the matter but no charges were laid yet.

"A lot of her family members are already in Australia including the father.

"She has three children but has not seen them for a number of years.

The children are with the family.

SP Johnson said they were treating the case as suspicious until they find vital evidence to prove the case otherwise.

Ms Chetty is in an induced coma at Sydney's Concord Hospital in a critical condition.

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