The body of 26-year-old Sonam Shelar, who had gone missing from her residence in Khandallah in Wellington was found by surfers around lunchtime on Wairarapa Beach on Wednesday, November 21.
Police on Thursday, November 22 confirmed the body found at the beach was of the missing woman Sonam Shelar.
“Formal identification is complete, and Police can now confirm that it is Sonam, who was reported missing on Saturday from Cashmere Avenue, Wellington. The post-mortem is now complete. However, we are unable to comment further until Police receive the results,” Police said in a media release.
Ms Sonam Shelar got married to her husband Sagar Shelar in December last year, and Ms Shelar moved to New Zealand in April this year.
Ms Shelar was five-months pregnant, and the couple were expecting their first child together.
White Rock at Wairarapa Beach close to where Ms Sonam Shelar's body was found (Image for reference only: Wairarapanz.com)
Mr Shelar had told NZ Herald that his wife went missing since Saturday after being upset for a recent ultrasound.
"On November 15 we went for an ultrasound test at the hospital. She had always dreamed for a baby boy, but that day after the ultrasound they were not sure if it was a girl or boy.
"As soon as we got in the car she was crying and so upset because she wanted a boy," Mr Shelar had told NZ Herald.
On Saturday, November 17, Mr Shelar went to work while his wife was still in bed and he couldn’t find her home when he returned back.
Mr Shelar told that he would call his wife every day at 11 a.m. from work, but she didn’t answer to his calls last Saturday. Ms Shelar’s phone was switched off which was astonishing as her mobile was never switched off.
Mr Shelar went home at 1 p.m. and asked the landlord who said he hadn’t seen her since he got home at 10 a.m.
“Since that time I have been looking for her everywhere, and I have no clue where she is. She hasn't left a note or anything,” Mr Shelar had said.
Sagar and Sonam Shelar (Image: Facebook)
Mr Shelar said she left the house leaving the front door unlocked and keys inside. She only took $20 in cash, her two cellphones and jacket. All her ID cards and ATM cards were still at home.
Police divers are set to search Wellington's south coast in a bid to find clues as to how pregnant Wellington woman Sonam Shelar entered the water.
Her body was found by surfers, washed up on a difficult to access private Wairarapa beach.
Detective Senior Sergeant Warwick McKee said the police divers had been brought in as the investigation continued into the missing woman's death and how she came to be in the water.
A local farmer said the body was found by members of the public on the shore several kilometres south of the white rock that the beach is named for.
“The remote area can be reached from a winding, narrow gravel road, crowded with loose sheep, cows and hares. The bumpy trip takes 45 minutes to an hour after turning off from Martinborough, and comes out to an isolated black sand beach hemmed by sharp peaks rising into the low cloud,” NZ Herald reported.
Sonam Shelar (Image: Facebook)
The farmer who runs the station said the body was found much further down the shore on his neighbour's private land, at Ngapotiki Station.
“The station is blocked off with a locked gate - and anybody heading that way who didn't have a key would have to walk,” the farmer told NZ Herald.
The investigation continues, with the Police National Dive Squad undertaking a search at Wellington’s south coast today.
“We are working closely with Sonam's family to ascertain further facts, and we continue to support them at this tragic time,” a police spokesperson said.
The inquiry team continues to appeal to residents in Khandallah to share, if they have, CCTV camera footage or images that show the road or street in the areas of Cashmere Avenue, Onslow Road, Box Hill, Burma Road, Agra Crescent.
Any further information can be shared with Police on (04) 381 2000 or via email to email@example.com.