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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 October 2018

Tourist did not fall to death from Burj Khalifa, police say

Police have ruled out foul play concerning the death of a South African woman who fell from her 14th-floor apartment, in Jumeirah Lakes Towers, last November.

DUBAI // Police have ruled out foul play in the death of a South African woman who fell from a Dubai skyscraper last November.

Laura Vanessa Nunes, 39, who was in the country on a tourist visa while she sought employment, is believed to have jumped from her 14th-floor apartment, in Jumeirah Lakes Towers, last November, after the end of a relationship, contrary to reports that she fell from the Burj Khalifa.

“The woman who jumped suffered from emotional instability that led her to make the decision to take her life,” said Maj Gen Khalil Al Mansouri, assistant to the Dubai Police chief in Criminal Investigation Affairs.

“There is no criminal suspicion in the case.”

The woman’s body was repatriated to her home country after the investigation concluded.

“This was a very unfortunate incident, and such cases are rare in the emirate,” said Maj Gen Al Mansouri.

dmoukhallati@thenational.ae