2 weeks on, Lorna's family still waiting for 'mom to come home'

Family has not yet received Lorna’s body for funeral

The family of 51-year-old Dubai Filipina businesswoman found murdered in her car in Sharjah is still waiting for final clearance from UAE authorities so that they can proceed to Philippines for the funeral service.

“We are still waiting for my mom to come home,” says Liza, Lorna Lim Varona’s youngest daughter.

Lorna is survived by her husband, and four children – Lourdes, Luke, Louis and Liza.

Although Lorna’s husband Pablo was told that it could take another 10-14 days for paper work due to the investigation, he is trying to speed up the process.

“I have been told to visit the Sharjah Public Prosecution tomorrow.

“I am trying to get Lorna’s body home sooner,” he said on telephone.

“We still don’t have any information about when we can bring her home, but I am hoping it is sometime this week.”

Lorna was reported missing on August 26.

The Sharjah Police discovered her body, stuffed in a bag, in her abandoned Jaguar in Sharjah’s industrial area nearly a week later.

It is a little over two weeks since she was murdered, allegedly by her “close friend” over borrowed money amounting to Dh250,000.

The Filipino has since been arrested and is undergoing investigation.

Liza adds that there was more work to be done regarding her bank accounts, but all were put on hold until the final clearance.

The Filipino community in Dubai organised a eulogy mass last Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic church in her memory.

With no date for a prayer service in place just yet, Liza said it will be decided once the initial work has been completed.

Lorna’s daughter, who also assisted her mother in her various business endeavours, claimed that they are yet to collect Lorna’s belongings that were left behind in her car.

“We still haven’t seen her bag or mobile phone. It is kept with the police as part of the investigation.”

The youngest of three siblings, Liza added that her older brother and sister are in Dubai, helping their dad sort out the paper work. One of her brothers, Luke, is back in Philippines.

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