The body of a 53-year-old man has been found in a house in Male after the public notified police of a foul smell in the area.
Speaking to local media on Saturday (February 23), Head of Serious and Organised Crime Department Chief Inspector Mohamed Daud said the dead man found at M Ever Free had been identified as Mohamed Ali Ismail of Faafu Dharanboondhoo Finifenmaage.
According to local media, police suspect the man to have died of natural causes.
Police are investigating the death of a 37 year-old woman who was found floating in the lagoon of Kudahuvadhoo in Dhaal Atoll this morning.
Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam said a search began after the woman was reported missing at 2:00 am last night.
President of the Kudahuvadhoo Island Council Ibrahin Fikry told newspaper Haveeru that the woman, identified as ‘Sheereena’ of Kaneeruge, was found near the island’s breakwater at 6:00am. She was bleeding from an injury between her nose and mouth, as if she had been punched or hit, Fikry told Haveeru.
However Sub-Inspector Shiyam told Minivan News that police had not noticed any incriminating injuries on the body and were not yet treating the incident as suspicious.
“The injuries could have [happened] in many ways. We are speaking to family members and the people who saw her last,” he said.
Following the death of Mariyam Sheereen her body was put into a small suitcase and transported to a construction site by taxi cab, the Maldives Police Service have claimed.
“We have found the suitcase and there is evidence in there that shows it once held Sheereen’s body,” Inspector Hamdhoon Rasheed told a press conference late today.
“The taxi driver had no knowledge that he was carrying a body in his boot.”
Thirty year-old Sheereen, of Laamu Gan, was found dead in a construction site in Male’ on 3 January by a Bangladeshi labourer.
“We can confirm that the body was found 36 hours after death, but we don’t believe she was [in the construction site] for that time,” Rasheed said.
Asked how the 4 foot 9 inch Sheereen could have fitted into the 2.5 foot long suitcase, Rasheed replied that “there were no bones broken in her body, but our investigations have shown that after death it is possible to fit a body into a small suitcase such as this.”
The Maldives Police Service have also confirmed that the man arrested in relation to the death of Mariyam Sheereen death was her boyfriend, 30 year-old Mohamed Najah of Laamu Kalhaidhoo, Ocean Villa (pictured).
Rasheed said that Najah was maintaining his innocence and was cooperating with police.
Police are still investigating the case and no other suspects have been arrested so far.
A body of a 30-year-old woman was discovered at a construction site in Male’ last night.
The body was discovered yesterday evening around 6.30pm, at Maafanu Angaagirige, hidden under a pile of sand bags.
Sergeant Ahmed Shiyam said a man suspected of involvement in the case has been taken in for questioning.
Police could not reveal any details of the man or his connection to the deceased.
According to police, the woman was Mariyam Sheereen of Laamu Gan Thudi ward.
“She has been reported as a missing person since the the 31st of December,” he said.
Shiyam said police had not determined the cause of death yet and the body was still at the morgue for an autopsy.
At a press conference today, Inspector Hamdhoon Rasheed, head of the organised and serious crimes unit, said the body was identified by the forensic department using fingerprints.
Police revealed last night that the decomposing body was found by a construction worker under a pile of garbage and sand bags.