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Dead in the river

Nasik Swami
Monday, May 05, 2014

MARKET vendors selling their produce near the Bailey bridge in Nabua, Suva, were baffled following the discovery of a woman's body in the river beside them yesterday.

The discovery was made by a 20-year-old market vendor while setting up stall with others about 7.30am, a police report yesterday confirmed.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the woman, who was believed to have been 54 years old, was identified by her son-in-law yesterday.

"The woman, who resides at Narere in Nasinu, was last seen leaving her home at 10am yesterday (Saturday) morning to visit her daughter," Ms Naisoro said.

"A post-mortem examination will be conducted soon as investigations continue."

The discovery follows that of another woman close by at Jerusalem Rd on Friday.

Investigators are awaiting the post-mortem examination report on the 60-year-old.

In both the cases, Ms Naisoro said, it is believed that the deceased persons had been suffering from mental illness.

"… we are in the process of getting records from St Giles Psychiatric to verify this.

"Similarly today's case, the family of the deceased relatives said she also had history of mental illness which we will be verifying also."

Ms Naisoro advised family members and relatives of those who have had a history of mental illness or are suffering from it to keep a close tab on their whereabouts. "Their actions can be unpredictable and they could end up in tragic circumstances."

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