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Police to return to site where woman found at first light (update 3)

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Investigations will continue at first-light in Mitsero where the body of a 38-year-old woman was found as police believe that of her six-year-old daughter, reported missing with her mother last year, may also be in the area.

Authorities cordoned off the scene on Tuesday a night, and placed a patrol vehicle there to stay throughout the night.

Earlier, authorities arrested a 33-year-old man in connection with the body of a woman who was found tied up and wrapped in a sheet in the abandoned mine near Mitsero on Sunday afternoon.

A case of premeditated murder is being investigated, police said. The suspect was reportedly the partner of the woman, reported missing last May, and the father of the child.

According to CyBC, who cited police sources, the man is alleged to have told investigators that he thought the woman and the child were abroad. She was reported missing by a friend.

He will appear in court in Nicosia on Wednesday morning where a remand order will be sought.

Though police are very careful with the information they release, media reports said the body belongs to a 38-year-old woman from the Philippines who was reported missing from her Larnaca home, along with her six-year-old daughter.

The woman’s body, which was badly decomposed, was found by a German photographer who was taking pictures in the area which he visited often.

Police on Tuesday said they could not reveal the woman’s identity and they are waiting for tissue test results before coming to any conclusions.

According to police, the earrings the woman was wearing were recognised by a friend of hers which led to her identification. The friend said she had given the woman the earrings.

The woman and her daughter had previously been placed on the missing persons list in Cyprus.

The dead woman was retrieved from a shaft at the mine at a depth of 15 to 20 metres at 8.30pm by fire services and police on Sunday.

The post mortem, carried out by state pathologists Sofocles Sofocleous and Nicolas Charalambous, on Monday morning did not shed light on the cause of the woman’s death although it was reported that no stab wounds or gun injuries were found. Tissue was sent for histopathological and other tests.

Police spokesman Andreas Angelides said earlier in the day, that their priority was to identify the victim.

Police, he said, are working at intensive pace to solve this case.

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