A 45-year-old Australian woman was found dead at Celebrations Hotel in Navi Mumbai on Tuesday. The body of Karima Shelhot was found on the first floor terrace of the building.
The police said prima facie it appeared a case of suicide. They have found a chair just next to the window.
“It seems that she jumped from her hotel room which was on the sixth floor and landed on the first floor,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police Purshottam Karad.
“Her room was locked from inside. We do not suspect any foul play as of now. Our investigations are on. We are also looking into the possibility of her having fallen accidentally.
She was in the country on a tourist visa and was staying in the hotel since June 11. Shelhot had earlier been hospitalised for an overdose of medicines, said the police.
“Her visa and documents show that she was alone. We are contacting the Australian Consulate to find out if she had any contacts or relatives in the country, ” said Karad. Shelhot’s body was taken to the Vashi municipal hospital for a post mortem.
Police said Karima Shelhot had been in Navi Mumbai for the past two months. She stayed in a rented apartment in Vashi before moving into the hotel.
“The lady had been staying in sector 1 of Vashi as a tenant,” said Raosaheb Sardesai, senior police inspector of Vashi police station.
“On June 1, her neighbours broke into her flat after a stench emanated from her house. They found her unconscious. She was rushed to JJ hospital in Mumbai, where she underwent treatment,” added Sardesai.
Shelhot was discharged on June 7. She checked into Celebrations Hotel on June 11.
Police investigations have revealed that the lady ate very little and survived on vitamin tablets. “She seemed very depressed and frustrated. She had told us that her parents were no more and that she had come in search of a groom. She had just Rs 10,000 in her bank account and said that she was unemployed,” said Sardesai.