Sister's heartache after body is found
The sister of a woman found dead after she went missing in India has paid tribute to her, saying her birthday wish and prayer to find her has come true.
The decapitated remains of a woman, found during the search for Liga Skromane (33), were identified on Saturday by her heartbroken sister Ilze Skromane and Liga's husband Andrew Jordan, from Swords, Co Dublin.
Liga, who is originally from Latvia but had been living in Dublin for the past five years, was last seen on March 14.
She had travelled to Kerala in India with Ilze to take part in a wellness retreat on February 4.
According to local media reports, on Friday a fisherman discovered the body of a woman by the riverside in an isolated area near Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala.
Ilze shared a poignant tribute on Facebook yesterday.
She accompanied her words with a childhood photo of herself and her sister and thanked people for all their love and support during the search.
"On April 19 I was praying and praying to God to grant me one birthday wish ... please let me know where my sister is, please let us find her, this not knowing is so hard to bear," she wrote.
"On my birthday afternoon, April 20, two locals found my sister's remains.
"It's been a long journey for my sister, and she has been through a lot of suffering.
"May her soul rest in peace now in the hands of all-loving God.
"Our love for you, my dear sister, is eternal.
"We thank you all dear sisters and brothers for all the love and support you have given us through this journey."
A post-mortem examination will determine the direction of the police investigation, police have said. A doctor's report is understood to be issued soon.
The condition and location of Liga's remains have caused her family to suspect murder, but the city police commissioner said it is too early to arrive at that conclusion.