The body of a six-year-old girl – thought to be the final victim of Cyprus’ first serial killer – has been found tied to a cement block at the bottom of a lake.
Sierra Grace was reported missing in April and since then the bodies of seven foreign women and girls Nicos Metaxas, 35, allegedly killed have been discovered across the country.
But local media reports today divers found the youngster’s remains, wrapped in a bedsheet and tied by rope to a cement block in the lake, which was part of a former copper pyrite mine.
Metaxas, a former army officer, met several of his alleged victims through internet chatrooms.
Police say he preyed on the migrant women and their daughters for almost three years without detection.
The chance discovery of the body of Sierra Grace’s mother, Mary Rose Tiburcio, 38, down a flooded mineshaft on April 14 triggered the investigation.
The body of Arian Palanas Lozano, 28, also from the Philippines, was found down the same shaft six days later.
The bodies of 36-year-old Romanian Livia Florentina Bunea, and her 8-year-old daughter Elena Natalia were found inside suitcases at the bottom of a toxic lake which was part of another copper pyrite mine.
The suspect is due to appear in court Friday.
Bunea and her daughter will be buried Thursday in a village outside the capital Nicosia.
The Cyprus government has said it will cover the funeral and burial expenses of all the victims, following public outcry at perceived incompetence by investigators.