Friday 23 February 2018

Woman vows to discover truth about death of partner whose body was found in stream

Edita Matij and Eimantas Gerdvilas
Edita Matij and Eimantas Gerdvilas

Stephanie Bell

The devastated girlfriend of a man whose body was found in a stream has vowed to fight until she finds out what happened to him.

Edita Matij spent almost a month desperately searching for Eimantas Gerdvilas, who went missing on February 12 and whose body was found in a stream in the Co Armagh town last Sunday.

Last night, she said she was "sad, devastated and down" over the death, which police are treating as suspicious.

The couple, who lived in the Killicomaine area of Portadown, had been together for four years. Edita said that they both lived to travel and enjoyed a full life.

Paying tribute to Eimantas, devastated Edita added: "I feel sad, devastated, down and can't cope. I'm tired from all this, but I still have a lot to do.

"Eimantas was a very quiet man who believed in God and had a huge character. We had just a few real friends, which is why we travelled a lot to see more of the world."

The 31-year-old's body was found in a stream in the Mourneview/Thomas Street area of Portadown on Sunday morning.

Police subsequently arrested three men, two aged 28 and the other 30, and a woman aged 35 in relation to the death. All were later released on bail pending further inquiries.

A 17-year-old woman was also arrested and is to be reported to the Public Prosecution Service for withholding information.

The arrests came as a shock to Edita.

"I still don't know what might have happened, but only can suggest that he went to the wrong place at the wrong time," she added.

Eimantas had been missing for almost a month, and a desperate Edita had appealed on social media for help in finding her beloved partner.

Last night she vowed to continue to campaign until she discovers the truth about what happened to Eimantas.

"I will not give up," she said.

"I know for sure that it will be hard, but I will do my very best to find the truth and justice.

"I'm not the type of person to forget what happened - I'm the type of person to fight for the truth. If I fall off, I get up.

"I will not let all this be forgotten.

"I loved my other half, and I knew him well enough to know this was not some kind of accident."

Belfast Telegraph

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