Ipswich/Lithuania: Donations flood in to help grieving widow after husband is found dead in Ipswich street
18:50 20 November 2012
MORE than £1,600 has been raised to help a grieving widow fly the body of her husband – found dead in an Ipswich street – back to Lithuania to lay him to rest.
Donatas Kislauskas, of Wherstead Road, was found dead in Queen Street on November 3.
Leaving their home, friends and family in Vilnius, Lithuania, Mr Kislauskas and his wife Dovile Cepliejute moved to the UK three years ago.
Tragedy struck when the 29-year-old, pictured, went out to celebrate getting his first permanent job in the area – he had been temping at various companies since moving to Ipswich.
Police investigations have revealed the father-of-one was spotted on CCTV appearing to be drunk on the Cornhill at 4am.
He was found by a member of the public in Queen Street shortly before 7am.
Today Dovile, the now single mum to two-year-old Christopher, is waiting for further test results to help reveal what caused her husband’s death.
A post mortem carried out proved inconclusive, prompting police to order further toxicology tests.
She is desperate to raise enough money to fly her husband’s body back to Lithuania and lay him to rest.
Paying tribute at the time, Dovile said: “My husband was a very good man and a wonderful father.”
Stepping in to help during her time of need, the recruitment agency StaffBank who helped find Mr Kislauskas a permanent role, has appealed to the businesses and the public for help to support the family during their difficult time.
Louise Sandham, branch manager at StaffBank said so far around £1,600 has been raised through a raffle and donations – including one from Celotex, the firm where Mr Kislauskas had just secured a job before he died.
Miss Sandham told The Star: “So many people have been so generous, Dovile is really overwhelmed by everybody coming forward to help.
“She is still finding it very difficult to come to terms with and is awaiting more post mortem results this week.”
Anyone who would like to donate to help Mr Kislauskas’s family should call StaffBank on 01473 216400.
Anyone with information which may help police should call 101.
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