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Authorities shore up mine shaft where dead women were found (updated)

Nicos Metaxas allegedly used social media to lure his victims

A search of a mine shaft where the bodies of two women were found will resume on Wednesday after crews addressed safety concerns relating to the support structure around the shaft’s entrance, the fire service chief said.

The search was called off on Monday over safety concerns the beams holding up the structure at the abandoned mine in Mitsero could collapse.

Marcos Trangolas said the search will resume on Wednesday morning.

The search on Tuesday focused in a lake at Xyliatos where a robotic camera was used to comb the murky water in a bid to find the body of a six-year-old girl whom a 35-year-old suspect, National Guard captain Nicos Metaxas, allegedly admitted to dumping there.

The girl was the daughter of a 39-year-old Filipina, Mary Rose Tiburcio, whose body was found inside the shaft last Sunday week.

On Saturday, crews discovered the body of a second woman, believed to be Arian Palanas Lozano, 28, also from the Philippines.

A post mortem on Monday failed to determine the cause of death or her identity and a second one was scheduled for Tuesday in the presence of anthropologists.

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