"The 33-year-old Latvian tourist was murdered," senior police officer Manoj Abraham told NDTV. The post mortem report indicates a broken neck cartilage due to the use of blunt force, strengthening the suspicion of the police that the death was due to 'manual strangulation'. A DNA test last week confirmed that the highly decomposed body was that of Latvian woman.
The victim's husband and sister had been frantically searching for her ever since she went missing. She had arrived in Thiruvananthapuram on February 21 for Ayurvedic treatment of post-traumatic depression. On March 14, she went to a beach in Kovalam, about 30 km from the state capital, without informing her sister, who had come to India with her. There was no trace of her after that.
The Thiruvananthapuram police chief refuted allegations of inaction. "We required inputs from locals, which wasn't forthcoming. Police has been doing its job right from the beginning. A vast team of police officials as well as vast resources have been deployed in the probe of this case," police commissioner P Prakash told NDTV.
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