Woman Missing for 18 Years Found in Sister's Freezer

Jasmina Dominic was last seen in 2000
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2019 1:05 AM CST
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This screenshot provided by the Croatian Interior Ministry on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 shows a missing persons information sheet on Jasmina Dominic.   (Croatian Interior Ministry via AP)
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(Newser) – Police in Croatia believe a family that reported a woman missing in 2005 had actually killed her years earlier and stored her body in a freezer. The body of Jasmina Dominic, who was 23 in 2000, when she was last seen, was found in a freezer in the hallway of a family home in a village northwest of Zagreb, the Independent reports. Police say the missing woman's sister, 45-year-old Smiljana Srnec, has been arrested and a post-mortem will be carried out on the body. Srnec lived in the home with her husband and three children, AFP reports.

Police spokesman Nenad Risak says that when Dominic was reported missing, the family claimed she had been living overseas, the AP reports. Her father, who died several years ago, said in 2011 that his daughter told him she had been planning to live in Paris or work on a cruise ship. "They (family) turned us in other directions," Risak says of the investigation. "We checked the house (during the investigation) ... but didn't have information anything could have happened at home." (Last year, a Long Island man discovered the bones of his long-missing father buried below the basement of the family home.)

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