"Indeed, the Ukrainian couple had died in Kedonganan, and their bodies were handled over by the COVID-19 Task Force last night. However, in connection with ascertaining the cause of their death, we are still awaiting results of the examination by the Sanglah General Hospital," first inspector Bagus Nagara Baranacita, chief of the Kuta Police's criminal investigation section, stated here on Wednesday.
Baranacita noted that clarity had yet to be gained on whether a criminal act had resulted in their deaths. However, the two bodies will be subject to a checking process in line with the standard COVID-19 protocol.
"From the witness testimony at the crime scene, the two foreigners were sick, but the history of treatment is unknown, as the task force will uncover it later. We have just begun an investigation. The police have drawn a police line at the crime scene," Baranacita stated.
Ni Nyoman Ermy Setiari of the Badung Regional Disaster Mitigation Office remarked that based on information obtained from the apartment's employees, both foreigners were in good health while checking in on Wednesday (Apr 22).
"The witness said that during their stay there, the victims rarely left the room, but a witness did spot the male Ukrainian chatting with a guest in front of the room on Sunday (Apr 26) at 20:00 WITA, while the woman was seen smoking in front of her room on Monday (Apr 27) at 7:30 p.m. local time," he stated.
He said that on Tuesday (Apr 28) at around 18:20 local time, a neighbor had knocked at the door of their room since he grew suspicious after the couple did not come out of the room that day.
The neighbor, with the help of the apartment's employees, finally broke into their room and found the bodies of the husband and wife.
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Translator: Ayu Khania, Fardah
Editor: Sri Haryati
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