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Woman found dead in Sheerness canal by police named as Zivile Gankovaite


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A young woman who drowned in Sheerness canal this week has been named as Zivile Gankovaite.

Police found Ms Gankovaite, believed to be aged in her 20s, in the water just after 9am on Tuesday.

She is thought to have originated from Eastern Europe, but lived in the local area.

The body was found in Sheerness canal
The body was found in Sheerness canal

A post-mortem examination carried out yesterday confirmed she had drowned.

Police are not treating her death as suspicious, and a report is being prepared for the coroner.

More details are expected to be released when an inquest into her death is opened on Monday.

Police were called at 9.30am to Halfway Road at the entrance to the High Street, where officers cordoned-off the canal.

Forensic officers at the scene
Forensic officers at the scene
Officers at the canal after a body was found
Officers at the canal after a body was found

On Tuesday officers and forensic teams appeared to be combing a stretch of land by the disused magazine opposite Nursery Close allotments.

Teams from Kent Police's marine unit were also called to the scene, and a white tent was erected on the canal bank.

The body was taken away from the scene at 2.30pm.


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