Bulgaria Police Arrest Suspect in Ritual Murder Case

Crime | September 4, 2009, Friday // 10:18|  views

The bed where Elena Tomova was discovered brutally murdered in her own villa. Photo by bTV

Bulgarian police have arrested Thursday evening a 52-year old man in connection with the savage murder of Elena Tomova, a devoted Jehovah's Witnesses follower.

The news was reported Friday by Haskovo.net.

Tomova's body was discovered Tuesday by her son-in law in her faraway villa in the village of Vlado Trichkov, near the town of Svoge, northeast of Sofia.

The murderer choked her to death, cut a cross with a knife on her body, cut off her left breast, wrapped her in her bed as if she was sleeping, and finally drew a cross on her head with blood as well as crosses all around the house.

After searching the house of Simeon Simeonov in the village of Rogozino, near the southern town of Harmanli, officers from Sofia Police found a knife with a 16-centimeter blade with traces of blood the forensic team believes belong to Tomova.

Police also found some of Tomova's underwear inside Simeonov's house. In addition to the evidence, investigators discovered many religious books and brochures similar to those located in Tomova's villa.

Tomova is known to have been a devoted follower of Jehovah's Witnesses and the residents of the village are convinced that the murder has to do with her involvement with the religious sect.

On Thursday, the Jehovah's Witnesses in Bulgaria sent a letter to the media denying any connection with the brutal murder.


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