Fifth victim of Cyprus serial killer found in suitcase

Investigators in Cyprus discovered a suitcase full of decomposing human remains in a toxic lake while searching for bodies dumped by a self-confessed serial killer.

Cyprus police spokesman Andreas Angelides says the body is thought to be the fifth victim of the alleged murderer. The suspect, a 35-year-old Greek-Cypriot army captain, has confessed to the murders of five foreign women and two girls over a three year period. 

The suspected serial killer told police he stuffed three of the bodies into suitcases before disposing of them in the man-made lake. The three victims were reportedly a Filipino woman and a Romanian mother and daughter.

Divers and authorities are continuing to search the toxic lake for more remains.
Divers and authorities are continuing to search the toxic lake for more remains. Photo credit: AAP Photos

The lake is part of a defunct mine, located in the village of Mitsero outside Nicosia, the Cyprus capital. The lake has high levels of toxicity due to a nearby copper pyrite mine.

The first body, 38-year-old Marry Rose Tiburcio, was found in a flooded shaft near the lake in early April.

A body believed to be 28-year-old Arian Palanas Lozano was discovered days later.

The accused murderer reportedly led police to a well at a firing range, where another unidentified body was discovered.

The remains of another victim were discovered in a suitcase in the lake late last month. This was the fourth body to be found.

The remains of his fifth victim were located in a suitcase at the bottom of the contaminated lake on Sunday, May 5.

Angelides said the identity of the latest remains will be determined by a coroner.

The suspect also reportedly raped a 19-year-old foreign woman he had photographed as a model in 2017. The rape, recorded on his cell phone, took place in his car on the pretence of giving her the photographs. This additional charge is also under investigation.

Authorities and divers are continuing to search the lake with a sonar device and robotic cameras.


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