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No progress in red lake search for third body (Update 4)

Investigations at the red lake in Mitsero finished on Wednesday after failing to show any indication of the third body that suspected serial killer Nikos Metaxas told authorities he dumped there.

After a break at midday, more examinations were conducted by authorities and squads at the scene, using sonar. The northern and western parts of the lake were examined for the third suitcase which is believed to contain the body.

Earlier in the day, a heavy object had been removed from the red lake in Mitsero, but was determined to be merely three large pieces of sponge tied around a piece of wood and wrapped in doormats. Two state pathologists and the bomb squad were called to the scene to examine the object found near the bank of the lake, but left shortly after.

Of the seven murders of female foreign nationals – five women and two children aged 6 and 8 – that the 35-year-old confessed to the police to have murdered, five bodies have so far been found, with police still searching for six-year-old Sierra Graze Seucalliuc and one more body, probably that of Marricar Valdez Arguiola, 30.

Arguiola is believed to be located in a third suitcase dumped in the red lake in Mitsero, for which search crews continued efforts on Wednesday.

Two of the suitcases containing victims Metaxas had dumped in the red lake were retrieved by the authorities, the first on April 28 and the second on May 5.

The first contained the body of an adult woman, possibly Livia Florentina Bunea, 36, from Romania. Reports claim that the second contained the body of a child, which if true would be Bunea’s eight-year-old daughter, Elena Natalia.

On Tuesday, reports said that the diver pulled two objects which are not related to the case out of the red lake, as the lake seems to have been used as a dumping ground by many.

Police are reportedly in contact with the British experts that assisted local authorities with the ongoing investigations last week, and might use a ground penetrating radar to check areas in the lake covered with mud.

Meanwhile, the sonar technology was put to use on Wednesday at Memi lake in the Xyliatos area, where six-year-old Seucalliuc is believed to have been dumped.

She went missing last May along with her mother, Mary Rose Tiburcio, 39, from the Philippines, whose body was the first that was retrieved by authorities from a shaft at the Mitsero mine on April 14.





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