Daughter's walk ends in tragedy

00:51, Jul 04 2014
Shelley Lurajud
RECOVERED: A recent picture of Shelley Lurajud, whose body was found yesterday morning.

The family of Shelley Lurajud are grateful to the Timaru community for the information and support leading to police finding her body yesterday.

A police search team found the body on rocks below a walking track near the Moore St end of Dashing Rocks at 11am.

Senior Sergeant Mark Offen confirmed it was Lurajud, 43.

Shelley Lurajud
RECOVERY MODE: Police at work on the scene recovering the body of Shelley Lurajud, found at Dashing Rocks yesterday morning.

It appeared she had fallen from the cliff onto the rocks, he said.

"It's an unfortunate end. We are not looking for anyone else in relation to the death," Offen said.

Lurajud was vision and hearing impaired, and had been missing for almost 48 hours.


Offen said a family member had dropped her off at her house at 2.30pm on Tuesday and they had discussed her going for a walk on her usual route. That was Wai-iti Rd, Wilson St, Jackson St, Le Cren St and back to Wai-iti Rd, well inland from where her body was found.

She had last been sighted walking in Campbell St.

It was out of character for her to go missing because she kept in regular contact with her family, Offen said.

Family and friends had described her as a "creature of habit".

Zis Lurajud, Shelley's father, thanked the police and community.

"Although this is not the outcome we hoped for, we are grateful to have Shelley home. We wish to sincerely thank the wider community for the information provided and the support shown. She was obviously known to a great many people.

"We also wish to thank the police and Urban Search and Rescue for their dedication," he said.

Because of the cold conditions experienced during both nights, police had started the search yesterday morning expecting Lurajud would be immobile and unresponsive.

Offen said they had searched the coastal area on a "gut feel" after a confirmed Campbell St sighting at 3.10pm on Tuesday.

"You could say bloody good police work," he said.

An autopsy will be conducted in Christchurch this morning.

A CCS Disability Action spokeswoman said it was offering additional support to anyone who was affected.

The Timaru Herald