A brutal murder of a 26-year old woman took place on the peaceful Cycladic island of Folegandros in Greece on Friday.
The murder presents a shocking resemblance to the Caroline Crouch femicide of the Athenian suburb of Glyka Nera in May. On Sunday, her boyfriend confessed he killed her and disposed the body into the sea.
The 26-year old woman, whose first name was Garyfallia but her surname remains unknown, was found dead by local fishermen near the beach of Lygaria on Friday. Her corpse was seen floating on the surface of the sea.
Since then and for approximately 24 hours, her partner had gone missing, with everyone in the local community wondering what had really happened, as the couple had already been seen on the island camping on various beaches for days.
The couple’s car was also found near the beach of Lygaria, thrown at the rocks, in a scene that looked like a car accident had taken place.
Eventually, on Saturday evening, and almost a day after the body of Garyfallia was found, a local resident of Folegandros found the missing man.
The resident was passing by the rocky area of Lygaria and had already heard the news of the death of a young woman and was aware that her partner was missing.
It was then when he saw a man sitting away and scared on the rocks above the beach.
The police were immediately notified and arrived at the spot to see whether the stranded man was the 30-year old partner of the dead woman.
Murder on Folegandros shocks Greece
When police officers arrived at the scene, the man seemed unwilling to cooperate. He reportedly threw rocks against the officers and shouted at them saying ”what I did, it was a bad moment.”
The officers then realized that the death of the 26-year old was not an accident, but most probably a criminal act.
The 30-year old was eventually taken to the island’s police station where he apparently confessed to the murder.
Woman’s body sent to Athens
In the meantime, authorities from Folegandros sent immediately the corpse of the unfortunate woman to Athens, where an official autopsy is expected to take place in an attempt to shed more light on the circumstances under which she died.
According to local media, an initial search of the authorities has already shown that there are bloodstains in the rocky area around the beach. Additionally, the personal belongings of the woman, such as a necklace and an earring were also found scattered and broken.
These findings are crucial as they could possibly provide evidence of a potential fight between the couple moments before the unfortunate woman was murdered.
Thus, it remains unclear whether the woman was drowned at the sea, or she was murdered on the beach and then thrown into the water by the perpetrator of this vicious murder.
More information is expected to become public in the coming days, as the police continue their investigation.
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