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Woman's corpse in Maankulam identified as SL Defence Force recruit

The body of a young woman, found in Maankulam on May 19th, has been identified as that of a Tamil woman recently recruited into Sri Lanka's Civil Defence Force, reports Uthayan.

The corpse of 24-year-old Saroja Thuraisaamy, which was transferred to Kilinochchi Hospital, was identified by her mother yesterday. The family, originally from Kilinochchi, have raised concerns that she was sexually assaulted before being murdered.

Saroja disappeared after leaving home on May 16th to commence her duties at the Civil Defence Force - which falls under the direct control of Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defence. Her parents lodged a missing persons report after trying unsuccessfully to locate her.

The body will be handed over to Saroja's family after the post-mortem is complete.

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