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Water to be pumped from lake in search for Sierra

The lake at Xyliatos (file photo)

Authorities on Wednesday announced that they would pump some water out of lake Memi in Xyliatos where investigations are ongoing to locate the remains of a six-year-old girl, one of the victims of the self-confessed serial killer Nicos Metaxas.

The head of the fire service Marcos Trangolas said the water development department and the environment department have given the green light to the request to pump some water out of the lake which is reportedly around 60 metres deep.

According to Trangolas, the water be pumped from the lake to a nearby river.

A meeting is to take place on Thursday between all competent services to decide how to best go about it and when.

Trangolas said the search at the lake to locate the body of six-year-old Sierra Granze, daughter of Mary Rose Tiburcio from the Philippines, another of Metaxas’ seven victims, would continue on Wednesday with the help of cameras and divers.

Earlier in the month, the owner of the private company hired by authorities to offers its diving services in the search for Sierra and another body in another lake, that was located recently, said that the chances of finding the body of six-year-old were very slim because the lake is around 60 metres deep and with many underwater cliffs.

Authorities have been searching for Sierra’s remains for almost two months after Metaxas showed police where he dumped her body. Mother and daughter had been reported missing by their roommate on May 5, 2018.

Sierra is the only one of Metaxas’ seven victims that hasn’t been found yet. The serial killer admitted to killing the girl, along with her mother, 39-year-old Mary Rose Tiburcio, and dumbing her body in lake Memi after wrapping her body in a sheet and tying it to a cement block. Tiburcio was the first of Metaxas’ victims that was accidentally found inside a mine shaft on April 14, uncovering what is the first recorded case of a serial killer on the island.

Metaxas is currently under custody pending police investigations. He is expected to be charged on Friday with the crimes of murders, kidnapping, abduction, rape, indecent assault, attempting to destroy evidence and obstruction of justice among others.


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