UPDATED: Remains of a body found hidden in bastion – man suspected had earlier attempted shop robbery
Police seem to be near to solving a homicide case that goes back 11 years involving a young woman who was reported missing in 2008 and from investigations carried out in recent days it resulted she had been murdered. In recent hours the Police found the remains of a body hidden in one of Valletta’s bastions and a man has been detained suspected of having carried out the homicide. Investigations took a turn over the last five days when the same man was arrested after an attempted hold-up from a shop in Gżira.
At the entrance to Valletta in the vicinity behind the Phoenicia Hotel, officials from the Police Homicide Squad and forensics elevated remains of various bones and a human skull. The finds were made today and Police suspect the remains are those of a young woman from St Paul’s Bay who was reported missing 11 years ago. Police were seen carrying out an intensive search and elevating various objects from the ditch that in the past was used for parking, with stairs leading to access to near the Tritons Fountain.
Charlene Farrugia (25 years old at the time) had been reported missing on 7th November, 2008 and since then has been listed as a missing person. She was last seen driving in Valletta. Medical and forensic tests ordered by Magistrate Audrey Demicoli as part of a Magisterial Inquiry are expected to determine the person’s identity with certainty.
The Police have officially said that a man is being held under arrest in connection with the homicide. Sources close to the investigation told Television Malta the man being held is the same man who on Monday attempted a robbery from a Convenience outlet in Rue d’Argens in Gżira. The man was armed with a knife and was arrested by Police from the Rapid Intervention Unit and while being bundled out and into a Police vehicle was heard shouting he was being arrested for no reason.
The same sources said that while under Police custody the man spoke about the disappearance of Charlene Farrugia and allegedly indicated where her remains could be found. At this stage, officials from Sliema Police Station who were investigating the attempted shop robbery called in the CID’s Homicide Squad.
Sources said the Police are proceeding cautiously while continuing to make investigations of certain statements the man has made to them.