Susan did not turn up for the morning prayers today, which is when those around her thought they should look for her & upon enquiry came to know that a body was lying in the well
The Hush Post: A Kerala nun Susan Mathew’s body was found inside a well at Mount Thabor in Pathanapuram, Kerala.
The 54-year-old nun used to teach at the St. Stephen’s School in Pathanapuram, 75 km from Trivananthapuram. Susan did not turn up for the morning prayers today, which is when those around her thought they should look for her & upon enquiry came to know that a body was lying in the well
Around 9 am, workers at the Mount Thabor Convent found blood stains near the well. Later they found the body floating in the well, the police said. The police and the firemen fished out the body.
Kollam Rural SP Ashokan said, “The nun was taking treatment for several illnesses for the last several years. She had consulted the doctor yesterday as well. Another nun in the convent told us she was depressed over her sickness. Today morning, the other nuns saw her till 8 am. They asked her if she was coming along with them to the church. She refused and stayed back. After the other nuns returned from the church, they saw the dead body inside the well.”
Susan had been teaching at the school for the past 12 years.
Reminder of another incident from 1993
Both the school and the convent is run by the Kottayam-headquartered Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church. The cause of the death remains unknown.
In somewhat similar circumstances, Sister Abhaya, a Knanaya Catholic nun, was found dead on March 27, 1992, in the Pius Tenth Convent in Kottayam. Her body was found in a well in the convent. The local police and crime branch closed the case back then, calling it a suicide.
But a year later, in 1993, the case was reopened and taken up by the CBI, after the crime branch investigation was called a sham and the police accused of trying to aid the killers. The trial on the case has been going on for years and in March 2018, a special CBI court dismissed the discharge pleas filed by two of the accused, Fr Thomas Kottoor and Sr Sephy.