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Matara Police have launched a search operation to locate a 35-year-old woman and her 10-year-old child, who are suspected to have jumped into the Nilwala River.

According to police, a call had come over the 119 emergency hotline at around 11.30pm yesterday stating that a pair of women’s shoes and a traveling bag were lying near Mahanama Bridge along the Nilwala River in Matara.

Police who arrived on the scene had inspected the bag and found that it contained information regarding its owner. Accordingly, the owner was identified as 35-year-old female who had come there with her 10-year-old child.

It has been further uncovered that the woman was a teacher resident in Ratmalana. She had been depressed due to a family dispute and had left home as a result.