The body of an Indian woman who was found dead in Christchurch on Monday, September 11, is likely to be flown home later this week so the family can administer final rites. Police have released the body to her immediate family.

The woman, 28-year-old Tina Sharma, who came to Christchurch on a tourist visa just two-and-a-half months back. Her husband Narinder Singh is a permanent resident here.

They recently got married and lived on Selwyn Street near Hagley Park in Christchurch. Tina's brother, Deepak Sharma, also lives in Christchurch and the family hails from Ludhiana, Punjab.

Sources have confirmed that while a post-mortem examination has been carried out, the cause of death is still undetermined at this stage, and the police is still awaiting other medical results, which may take over a month.

“Police are currently carrying out enquiries on behalf of the Coroner. We are working closely with Ms Sharma’s family who are being supported by Victim Support and the local Indian Community. We ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this difficult time,” said the Canterbury Police in a release.