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These images show the tragic mum and twin daughters who were found starved to death in their locked Vienna flat as mystery still surrounds their death.
Last week’s discovery of the three family members in a council flat in the Austrian capital Vienna, voted the world’s most liveable city for 10 years running by the Mercer Quality of Living Survey, made headlines around the world.
An autopsy showed that the three relatives died of starvation and had been decomposing in their locked flat for nearly two months.
According to reports, investigators have been unable to find any signs of forced entry into the property or violence on the three bodies.
The victims have now been identified as 46-year-old Vesna Milosevic and her twin daughters Suzana and Tanja, both 18.
Vesna’s parents Stevan and Danica Ilic were shocked when they learned about the tragic fate of their daughter and granddaughters from the media.
They told reporters that Vesna and her husband moved to Vienna from their native Serbia when the twins were just seven months old.
However, the mother soon discovered that her husband had another secret family in the Austrian capital.
Stevan Ilic said: “No one knew he had another family and more children there, he managed to hide it.”
Danica Ilic added: “They divorced a few years ago, and there were terrible fights after that.”
In the social housing complex with over 500 residents, neighbours reported hearing arguments and suspicious noises from Vesna’s home, until one day in April “it all went quiet”.
Some neighbours said they alerted the police after hearing cries for help, something which the cops were unable to confirm due to data privacy regulations.
Reports said that Vesna had been admitted to a women’s shelter three times while fleeing from her allegedly violent ex-husband.
The last time the social services visited the flat was two years ago, with the worker remarking that Vesna suffered from psychological delusions and her twin daughters appeared anxious and frightened.
Youth welfare office spokeswoman Andrea Friemel said: “We could not determine any danger.”
As no food was found in the house, one reported theory suggests that Vesna convinced her daughters to give up on life and allow themselves to starve to death.
However, Vesna’s Serbian parents do not buy into the claims, adding that they last talked to their daughter in mid-April.
Stevan Ilic said: “For someone to die in the 21st century from starvation, that is not right.
“A neighbour told us that they saw Vesna with two bags of shopping recently, so the starvation theory does not seem right.”
Danica Ilic said that everything seemed fine after the long-running divorce was finalised, adding: “They were completely healthy and normal children. We last spoke on 15th April, and we talked for a long while.”
Investigations are continuing.