According to P Praksh, Thiruvananthapuram city police commissioner, the decapitated and mutilated body of a foreign woman was found on the riverbanks though police were yet to formally identify it.
"We were alerted by local youth who had gone to the remote place to fish. They told us about the body lying in the bushes close to the river bank. We found her head some distance away from the body in another place. A preliminary investigation revealed that the victim had been dead for almost a month as it is in a decomposed state. Based on a DNA test, the identity of the person will be ascertained," another senior official told India Today.
As reported, Latvian citizen Līga Skromane went missing March 14 in the Kerala region. She had arrived to India together with her sister Ilze Skromane.
Līga, who suffered from severe depression, had left the Ayurveda treatment center at Pothencode without her travel documents. A driver had told the police that he had taken her to the nearby Kovalam town, but the police was unable to locate her there.
Her sister had announced a reward and posted missing-person flyers.
Ilze Skromane and her late sister, both Latvian citizens, had been living in Ireland for some time.