Police plea over A47 riddle

Nonita and Tadas
Nonita and Tadas

A woman killed on the A47 at Terrington St John may have been “forcibly pushed” into the road, say investigating officers.

The woman, Nonita Karajevaite, 24, and her fiancé Tadas Zaleskas, 26, were pronounced dead on the Lynn-bound dual carriageway close to Mill Road Bridge after being struck by a silver Kia car at 2.15pm on Sunday, July 20

Police say they are treating the deaths of the Lithuanian couple, who had been walking barefoot, as suspicious.

They have also released CCTV images of the couple captured about an hour before the incident in the hope it will jog the memory of any witnesses who may have seen the couple walking on the grass verge prior it taking place.

Det Chief Insp Paul Durham, from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team (MIT), said officers were treating Nonita’s death as suspicious following allegations she was forcibly pushed into on-coming traffic.

DCI Durham, who is leading the inquiry, said: “Although our investigation is in its early stages, initial inquiries have given me sufficient cause for concern that this was more than just a tragic accident.

“As a result I’m appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and may have witnessed the collision – or seen the two pedestrians shortly before the collision – to come forward, no matter how insignificant the information may seem to them.”

Shortly before the collision, at about 1.20pm, the couple had stopped at Worzals Farm Shop in Walpole Highway, where Nonita was seen to be wearing black trousers with a black and white patterned round-neck cardigan.

She was also wearing yellow-framed designer sunglasses and was barefoot.

It is thought that when she got to the lay-by on the A47, probably due to the weather, she took off her cardigan and rolled up her trousers, which gave them the appearance of leggings.

DCI Durham added: “A key focus on this inquiry is anyone who may have seen the couple as they made their way along the A47.

“So, with this new information in mind, I’d be keen to hear from anyone who may have seen Nonita to come forward.”

On Wednesday, one lane of the eastbound carriageway was closed while officers carried out a detailed search of the grass verge, recovering items of clothing, documents and a pair of sunglasses, which they believed belonged to the couple.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team on 101 or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Tadas, a factory worker, and Nonita, a part-time beautician and factory worker, lived at an address in Church Road, Emneth.