The Thiruvananthapuram City police have widened the scope of their efforts to trace the whereabouts of Liga Skromane, a Latvian national who went missing from Kovalam over a week ago. The 33-year-old woman, missing since March 14, was suffering from post-traumatic depression and had come to Kerala in February along with her sister Ilze Skromane.
The police have intimated the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), leading to a nationwide alert. Besides, the City police already began a liaison with the Kanyakumari police and the Marine Police wing of the Tamil Nadu Police in the wake of an unidentified body of a woman being washed ashore at Colachel. Arrangements were being made to conduct a DNA test at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology here to ascertain whether the body belonged to Liga or not, District Police Chief (Thiruvananthapuram City) P. Prakash said.
A team led by Pothencode sub-inspector Aswini Kumar was undertaking the probe under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner of Police G. Jaidev. The 33-year-old woman had come to Kerala along with her sister Ilze Skromane. The duo are permanent residents of Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. Liga began a six-week-long treatment at an Ayurveda centre in Aruvikkarakkonam, near Pothencode, on February 21. An autorickshaw driver claimed that she had hired his vehicle for a trip to the Kovalam beach.