Manhunt launched after two women found dead

The bodies of two women missing since Thursday were discovered on Wednesday evening dumped by a river after being burned and covered in quicklime.

Manhunt launched after two women found dead
The bodies of Laura and Marina were discovered near a river. Photo: Appeal poster

The remains of Laura del Hoyo, 24, and Marina Okarynska, 26, were discovered by a cyclist on Wednesday even six days after they disappeared in Cuenca.

Police have launched an international manhunt for Sergio Morate, the ex-boyfriend of Okarynska who the girls went to visit on the night they went missing.

The two women were discovered at the source of the river Huécar, three kilometers outside the Castilla La Mancha town of Palomera, where the family of Morate had a home.

The police believe that Morate, who is around 30, may have fled to Italy in a Green Seat Ibiza, registration 1062 CPF.

Police are awaiting the results of the post-mortems on the women but sources suggested that “they had not been killed using a firearm” according to Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

Spanish media widely reported that the corpses had been burned and covered in lime before being dumped near the river.

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Spain church attack suspect to undergo psychiatric testing

The Moroccan suspect held in connection with a machete attack on two Spanish churches, killing a verger and badly injuring a priest, will undergo psychiatric testing, a court said Tuesday.

Spain church attack suspect to undergo psychiatric testing

The case is being handled by the Audiencia Nacional, Spain’s top criminal court, with the judge in charge asking that “two doctors conduct a psychiatric evaluation of the suspect”.

The suspect, 25-year-old Yassine Kanjaa, was arrested at the scene after the attacks on two churches in the southern town of Algeciras last week.

The Audiencia Nacional said the psychiatric evaluation, which will be carried out by doctors from the court’s forensic department, would provide “information about the legal responsibility” of the “presumed jihadist”.

Prosecutors have opened a terror probe and, on Monday, the court remanded the suspect in custody without bail on murder and terrorism charges.

During the deadly incident on January 26th, the suspect entered San Isidro church and attacked its priest with a machete, leaving him seriously wounded before entering Nuestra Señora de La Palma.

There he attacked the verger and chased him out of the church where he killed him.

‘Targeted priests and infidels’

Court details released on Monday said the attacker had also injured three other people, including another Moroccan man whom he “considered an infidel” because he had renounced his faith.

It said Kanjaa’s actions could be “qualified as a jihadist attack directed at both priests who profess the Catholic faith, and Muslims who, according to the suspect, don’t follow the Koran”.

The court said the suspect fits the profile of a “self-indoctrinated terrorist who acts individually without direct ties to a specific terror group but operates in the name of jihadist philosophy”.

Last week, Spain’s left-wing government refused to rule out mental illness and the police have described him as “unstable”.

The court said Kanjaa became indoctrinated “rapidly” within the space of up to six weeks, citing witnesses as telling police that just before that, he “was drinking alcohol and smoking hashish”. Then he suddenly started listening “regularly to the Koran on his mobile phone”.

One of Kanjaa’s neighbours told AFP something similar on Friday, saying he had changed radically six weeks ago, growing a beard and wearing a long robe.

Officials have said Kanjaa was served with a deportation order last June but had no prior convictions and was not under surveillance.