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In This Toxic Lake, a Serial Killer's Victims

Cyprus is dealing with 'a form of crime unprecedented' for the country
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2019 1:23 PM CDT
Updated May 4, 2019 1:10 PM CDT
Members of the Cyprus Special Disaster Response Unit are seen in boat as they search for suitcases in a man-made lake, near the village of Mitsero outside of the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, April...   (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
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(Newser) – Investigators in Cyprus are currently looking for at least two suitcases at the bottom of a toxic lake. What they believe to be inside is gruesome: the remains of murdered females, two of seven women and girls that an unnamed Cypriot army captain allegedly admitted to killing. He has not been charged, but the alleged serial killings are being described as the first in the country's modern history. The case has led to an outcry against the police, who are accused of bungling the investigation, with the outrage zeroing in on the fact that the dead and missing are all foreigners. The latest:

  • The man-made lake is located at an abandoned copper mine west of the capital of Nicosia. The Washington Post reports the killings came to light thanks to a tourist who was taking pictures at that mine—and spotted something that looked like a person floating in a water-filled shaft. It was a rope-bound woman wearing only two heart-shaped earrings. She was ultimately identified as Mary Rose Tiburcio, 38. The Filipino woman had been missing since May, along with her 6-year-old daughter.

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