Cyprus Special Disaster Response Unit and investigators transport a suitcase from a boat after it was retrieved from a man-made lake near the village of Mitsero, outside of the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
A second woman’s body — thought to be that of Arian Palanas Lozano, 28, also from the Philippines — was found in the mineshaft a few days later.
An unidentified 35-year-old army captain was arrested in connection with the deaths after investigators found that he had online communications with the first victim.
He reportedly confessed to seven killings in all in a 10-page handwritten note.
Cyprus Special Disaster Response Unit investigators carry a covered suitcase on a stretcher after it was retrieved from a man-made lake near the village of Mitsero, outside of the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP)
He led them to where he disposed of the bodies, including a dry well in a military firing range where the remains of who is thought to be Ashita Khadka Bista, from Nepal, were found.
Tuesday’s discovery marks the third suitcase containing a body retrieved from the lake following a six-week search.
Police continue to search for the body of Tiburcio’s six-year-old daughter in another lake where the suspect said he disposed of it.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.