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Israeli team arrives to help in Mitsero search (Updated)

The search in the 'red lake' at Mitsero took weeks

Two Israeli team leaders were at the Mitsero red lake on Wednesday to aid search teams looking for the body of the victim of a serial killer, which is believed to be in a suitcase at the bottom of the water.

The Israelis were briefed by the investigation coordinator and the fire chief on their plans to keep scouring the lake for the suitcase. They also visited the Memi lake in Xyliatos where authorities are looking for the body of a girl aged six.

After nearly three hours of diving on Wednesday, an object was brought up from the lake but it was determined it had nothing to do with the murders. Subsequent dives again came up empty.

According to reports on Wednesday, another option being considered is to trawl the bottom of the lake with nets.

The suspect detained in connection with the murders, Nicos Metaxas, 35, is said to have confessed to seven killings, five women and two girls. Five bodies have been recovered, the first and second in a Mitsero mine shaft on April 14 and 20 respectively, the third at a shooting range in Orounta on April 25, the fourth and fifth on April 28 and May 5 from the red lake.

Metaxas was remanded for another eight days on Tuesday and is expected to be charged when the remand runs out next Wednesday.



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