Divers in Cyprus found another suitcase containing decomposing human remains from a toxic lake in Cyprus — the third such discovery on the island in a serial killer case that shocked the country following a six-week search.
Police said it was a “major development” in the unfolding serial killer investigation
A 35-year-old Cypriot army captain has confessed to the killing of seven foreign women and girls.
Specialised tests will now be carried out to determine the person’s identity.
The 35-year-old suspect had told investigators he disposed of the bodies of a Filipino woman and a Romanian mother and daughter in the lake after placing their bodies in suitcases.
The body in the latest find is believed to be that of Maricar Valtez Arquiola, 31, from the Philippines.
The case came to light on April 14 when the bound body of 38-year-old Mary Rose Tiburcio, also from the Philippines, was discovered by chance down a flooded shaft near the toxic lake, part of a disused copper mine.
Officials said some later killings may have been prevented had “negligent” officers properly investigated the first missing person reports and resulted in the resignation of the Cypriot Justice Minister.
Police continue to search for the body of Tiburcio’s six year-old daughter in another lake after the suspect said he disposed of it there.