On March 14, Liga Skromane, a Lativian medical tourist was reported missing from Kovalam, Trivandrum. Further investigation led to the discovery of Liga’s decomposing body in an isolated Mangrove Forest on April 21st.
A Special investigation team was appointed to look into the case. Forensic reports pointed that Liga had been murdered through manual strangulation. Possibility of sexual assault was also being investigated by the Police.
5 suspects had been taken into custody in association with the crime, although they remained uncooperative with the police and claimed that they were elsewhere around the time Liga had gone missing. Witnesses had tipped the police off saying that they had seen the suspects in the area during those days.
The police believe the mastermind behind the crime to be a 40-year old yoga instructor who is an illegal foreign tourist guide and uses yoga to entice tourists.
After a six day long interrogation with the suspects remaining uncooperative, a breakthrough was made in the case of the murder of the 33 year old. Two of the accused confessed to the crime and stated that an altercation in money had led to the murder. The accused are to be arrested on Wednesday, after further chemical and forensic analysis reports are received.
The accused confessed that the Lativian woman had stayed with them for two days and exchanged drugs over the days; during which an altercation erupted on account of money.
The police are awaiting further forensic reports from the forest where Liga’s decapitated body was found, this evidence may help in the further indictment of the criminals. The accused will possibly be produced in court on Thursday.