Waitress and son, murdered in Polop

THE Romanian waitress found dead on the doorstep of her Polop home was stabbed to death, the autopsy has revealed. Her son, 8, was found dead on the sofa inside the property, according to sources close to the investigation.

The boy was killed by a blow to the head. The waitress, Elena, 26, was discovered in a pool of blood on Friday after her landlord, the owner of a car garage located in the same building, reported to Local Police that neither the woman nor her son has been seen for several days.

The landlord told police Elena had not said she was in fear of her life or felt threatened. “She had lived her for a month more or less,” he said. “We got along well.” Elena worked as a waitress at a La Nucia café bar called ‘La Amistad’, on Avenida de la Marina Baixa.

The sleepy town of Polop – with a population of 4,300 – is no stranger to tragedy: its mayor was assassinated three years ago, and a following series of trials for murder and political corruption are ongoing. Here though the crime was not politically motivated, and to the shock of the community the young woman and her son were killed in their own home.

Speculation is that it is another example of domestic abuse in the extreme, but Guardia Civil sources are not commenting due to a gag order imposed by the Villajoyosa judge investigating the case.

Police were called by a neighbour after they heard suspicious noises, and on entering the flat of the deceased, they discovered her and the boy. As the woman was fairly new to the area, there are few clues to be found in any relationships she had built up, and at the moment a detailed forensic investigation is underway, which police hope will help shed light on the tragedy.

The Mayor of Polop, Gabriel Fernandez, expressed his regret over the tragic incident,  He explained that mother and son were established in the area for only two months, but did not know if anyone else lived in the house.

By Paul Deed

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