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DNA tests confirm that the human remains found in Valletta belong to Charlene Farrugia

TVM can confirm that DNA tests carried out on the human remains discovered hidden almost a month ago in Valletta belong to Charlene Farrugia, the 25 year old who was reported missing 11 years ago.

Tests have confirmed the statements John Paul Woods gave to the police when he had even indicated where her remains were hidden. Woods is currently serving a prison sentence for theft but is expected to be charged with the gruesome murder of Charlene Farrugia.

TVM is informed that the tests carried out in Malta show that the DNA of the corpse remains shares a high percentage match with the DNA of Farrugia’s relatives. Preliminary investigations conducted on the bones a month ago, already confirmed they belonged to a woman aged between 20 and 30 years. The DNA test has strengthened police investigations since the identity of the victim has now been established.

On 20 July, Police officials from the CID Homicide Squad and the forensic unit elevated human remains including a person’s head and other body parts from a recess in a bastion in Valletta, beneath the Phoenicia hotel. At the time, the police said they had arrested the man suspected of having committed this crime. The man, John Paul Woods, born in the UK, was arrested while attempting an armed hold up at a shop in Gzira. While in police custody, Woods talked about the disappearance of Charlene Farrugia, alleging that he had killed her and indicating where her remains were hidden.

Farrugia who was 25 years old at the time, was reported missing on 7 November 2008. She worked as a carer at Dar tal-Providenza and lived in an apartment in St Paul’s Bay. The apartment is part of the Police investigations.An inquiry into the case has been launched by Magistrate Audrey Demicoli.

John Paul Woods who is now expected to be charged inter alia, with murdering Farrugia and concealing her body, is currently serving a seven year prison sentence after admitting to last month’s attempted hold-up, to detaining four persons against their will, violently resisting the Police, carrying a knife and breaching the conditions of his Probation.

Sources close to the Police Force said Woods will be arraigned in Court once the police have completed all their investigations.

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