DNA test confirms decomposed body in Kerala is Latvian's

After meeting state police chief Loknath Behra, Ilzie told the media that she was content with the way the police were probing the case.

Published: 26th April 2018 06:26 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th April 2018 01:57 AM   |  A+A-

Ilze Skromane, the younger sister of Liga Skromane (BP Deepu | EPS)

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The decomposed body of a woman discovered near Panathura is that of Liga Skromane, the Latvian tourist who went missing from Kovalam, DNA tests have revealed.

DNA samples taken from the corpse matched that of Liga’s sister Ilze Skromane, who had flown down to Thiruvananthapuram to search for her missing sister.

Ilze and Liga’s partner had identified the body last week, but the police were waiting for the DNA test results for an official confirmation.

The cause of death can be ascertained only after the autopsy report is out. Forensic experts had earlier hinted that strangulation may have been the cause of death. The autopsy report is expected to be available by Saturday.

Earlier this week, Ilze had slammed the police for slow pedalling on the investigation and demanded that the case should be handed over to a special investigation team.

Meanwhile, the police have expanded the probe to include guides who were operating in the area where Liga went missing. Card-playing gangs and known drug peddlers, especially those who have left the place recently, also are being investigated.

Liga had arrived in Thiruvananthapuram on February 21, but went missing around March 14, last seen by an auto driver who had dropped her off at Kovalam beach.

Ilze later announced a reward of `1 lakh for any information regarding her sister. A special team was formed on March 24. Navy divers searched the coastal waters, but came up with nothing. On April 20, the police found the headless body of a woman in Panathura.

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