THE SISTER of a woman from Dublin, who has been missing in India since March 14, has posted a tribute to her following the discovery of a body.
Ilze Skromane says she hopes her sister can “rest in peace now in the hands of all loving God”.
Liga Skromane, 33, was last seen at Kovalam Beaach in Kerala shortly after arriving in the country.
The Latvian woman, who has lived in Ireland for five years with her Irish partner and has an Irish passport, had travelled to India for a wellness retreat.
However she went missing shortly after arriving in the country and now the Irish Mirror reports a body discovered on Friday is believed to be Liga.
The paper reports that the headless and mutilated body of a woman was found hanging from a tree along the banks of the Karamana river.
The body was reportedly dressed in the same clothes Liga was wearing when she went missing.
An autopsy and DNA tests will be carried out to confirm the identity.
'She has been through a lot of suffering'
In a Facebook post, Ilze shared a childhood picture of her and her sister as she revealed the devastating news.
“On 19th of April 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 bare..
“On my birthday 20th of April afternoon two local boys 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”
According to the Times of India, police commissioner P Prakesh said it was too early to say whether the body discovered was the victim of foul play.
He told the paper: “A team of doctors including forensic surgeons will be conducting the post-mortem examination.
“Only after that can we know more about the nature of the injuries.”