By Euro Weekly News Media • 05 April 2011 • 15:50
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THE discovery of human remains near a well used hiking track on Benidorm’s Sierra Helada has prompted an investigation by the Guardia Civil as to the identity of the deceased. The badly decomposed body of a female was discovered by a hiker last week in an area of the range which is habitually used by hikers en route between Benidorm and Albir.
Authorities were surprised that the body had not been discovered earlier, given the proximity of the corpse to the busy trail, and the period that it appears to have lain undiscovered.
The remains were transferred to the Anatomical institute of Alicante were an autopsy was carried out at the end of last week. It is now known that the deceased was female but no other results have as yet been released as to the cause of death.
The woman may have been undiscovered for many months and this may make analysis of the remains that much more difficult to carry out.
Police are at the moment keeping an open mind as to the circumstances of the death, although the most likely cause would seem to be that the woman suffered a fall or heart attack.
However, the fact that it was not found earlier is one aspect of the discovery that puzzles the authorities, as the area where the corpse was found is frequented by hundreds of walkers on a daily basis at peak times.
The question the police are asking themselves is therefore, if the body had lain there for months, or even longer, then why did no one stumble across it before?
By Paul Deed
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