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New Zealand police rule out suspicious death of pregnant Khandallah local found on isolated beach

Police have ruled out foul play in the tragic death of a pregnant woman whose body was found washed up on an isolated beach.

The body of Indian National, Sonam Shelar was found at White Rock Beach, Wairarapa, New Zealand, on Wednesday, after her husband reported her missing last weekend.

Partner Sagar Shelar said his five-month pregnant wife had been upset following an ultrasound scan, according to the NZ Herald.

The body of Sonam Shelar (pictured) was found at White Rock Beach, Wairarapa, New Zealand on Wednesday, after her husband reported her missing on the weekend

Partner Sagar Shelar (pictured with Sonam) said his five-month pregnant wife had been upset following an ultrasound scan, according to the NZ Herald

He said she cried as soon as they got in their car because she was desperate for a boy and the sex of their baby was a girl.

Police confirmed on Saturday they were not treating Ms Shelar’s death as suspicious and had passed the case on to the Coroner. 

‘After making further enquiries, Police are not treating the death of Wellington woman Sonam Shelar as suspicious,’ Detective Senior Sergeant Warwick McKee, Wellington Police, said in a statement. 

‘The matter has been referred to the Coroner and welfare support has been put in place for Mrs Shelar’s family at this tragic time.

‘Police would like to thank the community for assisting with enquiries.’

Mr Shelar was the last person to see his wife on Saturday, November 17, before she disappeared from Cashmere Avenue in Khandallah. He reported her missing the next day.

Police launched a search for the 26-year-old on Monday and put a call out for residents around the area to hand in any CCTV footage they might have.

A handful of teenage surfers discovered her body at the beach in Wairarapa, with some parts of it only accessible from farm land.

The manager of nearby business White Rock Station, who did not wish to be named, said the surfers who had discovered the body came in to inform him of their grim find.  

Police confirmed the body belonged to Ms Shelar. Her two phones, including a waterproof iPhone X, were also found at the secluded beach. 

Police confirmed on Saturday they were not treating the death as suspicious and had passed the case on to the Coroner 

Police confirmed on Saturday they were not treating the death as suspicious and had passed the case on to the Coroner 

A handful of teenage surfers discovered Ms Shelar's body at the beach in Wairarapa, with some parts of it only accessible from farm land

A handful of teenage surfers discovered Ms Shelar’s body at the beach in Wairarapa, with some parts of it only accessible from farm land

Police launched a search for the 26-year-old on Monday after she was reported missing

Police launched a search for the 26-year-old on Monday after she was reported missing

Mrs Shelar’s family and friends remain in shock from the tragic loss.

Family spokesman Harshal Patkar told the New Zealand Herald on the day of the scan Mrs Shelar had called her family in India and sounded ‘normal’. 

Mr Shelar chose not to speak to media after police confirmed they were not treating his wife’s death as suspicious. 

His sister said he was coping as best he could and Mr Shelar’s friends have supported their grieving friend. 

Ms Shelar’s family in India said they intended to send at least one family member to New Zealand.  

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