Police suspect that the body of a woman located this Sunday in a well in the outskirts of Jerez de la Frontera belongs to a 64-year-old woman from Iran who had been missing since July 6. Already then, the police classified her absence as “involuntary, forced and at risk to her life.” Investigators have arrested a man over 70 years of age as the alleged perpetrator of the death who this Monday ended up confessing to being the perpetrator of the events. In the woman’s environment they await DNA tests. “I already expected the worst,” says a person who knew her and who requests anonymity.
The discovery of the body in an irrigation well in the abandoned Cortijo de la Ducha, came to light this Sunday, as confirmed by the National Police in a statement. The woman’s body was dismembered and covered with stones, according to sources familiar with the case. The police then only officially reported the arrest of a man whose relationship with the victim is unknown. This Monday, the detainee has confessed that he is the perpetrator of the events, as RTVE has advanced and the defense lawyer has confirmed to EL PAÍS.
The lawyer has explained that the statement of the suspect, between 70 and 80 years old, has been brief, but he has avoided giving details of the case or the motive of the alleged murderer. Sources close to the investigation assure that, at this time, it is not being handled as a cause of gender violence, reports Patricia Ortega-Dolz. On Monday morning, the police went to the Barriada de La Guita area to search a property linked to the suspect, although the defense lawyer is not aware of whether material related to the homicide has been seized. . In the woman’s environment they knew the location of that house from the disappeared woman herself, who had also told that same relative that she had known this man some time ago, but that she “did not trust him.”
Mesas de Asta is a quiet rural neighborhood in Jerez with barely 600 residents, located on top of a huge archaeological site that has yet to be excavated. There everyone knows each other and the missing woman was no exception. In that rural neighborhood she spent the last 15 years of her life, she recalls the owner of a hotel establishment in the area. “Here everyone knew her,” adds the innkeeper. In recent years, she lived first in a caravan and later in the nearby house of her sentimental partner for years, an older man with mobility problems who barely left her house, according to the same statement. fountain.
However, last spring, the existence of the disappeared woman in Mesas de Asta took a turn for the worse, after the couple broke up and she stopped living in the area. “We haven’t seen her around here for about five months,” says the same neighbor. After leaving her partner’s home, the woman ended up living in the Jerez municipal shelter, her last known residence, the police confirmed when she reported her disappearance in July.
The Jerez City Council confirms that the woman spent “loose periods” residing in that municipal space. From there she disappeared on July 6, as found by investigators from the Central Specialized and Violent Crime Unit (UDEV) of the National Police, after a sister of the disappeared woman who lives in Toledo denounced her absence. . Back then, the police assured that the case could be a forced, involuntary disappearance and risk to her life. In that note, a photo of the woman was released in front of the sanctuary of the Virgin of Regla de Chipiona and her physical description, but her name was not provided. In recent weeks, the victim’s entourage has collaborated with an investigation that, for now, it is kept under wraps. However, the case took a turn this Sunday after the discovery of her body.
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The disappeared woman arrived in Spain more than 30 years ago after a change of political regime in her country that made her have to flee the country with refugee status. She is the mother of three children, one of them already deceased. “She has had a hard life,” concedes the same close source. She reported on her existence in the last ten years on Facebook, where she maintains up to five accounts, the oldest from 2012. The most recent profile of the disappeared woman shared posts until July 5, the day before for her to disappear.
Throughout this month, the woman’s environment has received clues that she could be in different parts of Spain, but they sensed that they were not accurate. This past Sunday, the police informed the relative of the discovery of her body. It will be the DNA tests that confirm the identification, although he admits that he suspects the fatal outcome ”.
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