A 37-year-old Bulgarian woman has been missing since 2 May 2018 on Crete. For nearly seven years, Desislava Ilieva had a relationship with a local man who was found hanged in the basement of his family home four days after she went missing.
The last time she had contact with someone, was a phone call she made to her mother telling her she was going to lunch with her partner to a restaurant in the ‘forest’ area that was later identified as the palm forest of Prevelis.
The 45-year-old man in question was found hanged four days after Desislava’s disappearance. The Greek authorities are already conducting a search operation.
Police authorities focus their investigation in the broader area of Kerames village by Agios Vasilios, in the south of Rethymnon Prefecture, as a witness said to have seen the man’s car in the area.
Within days if the first incident, a second Bulgarian woman was reported missing also in the Rethymnon Prefecture
38-year-old Antonina Zoeva, born in Sliven has been missing. According to information from relatives, she lived in Greece but she went to Cyprus in April to look for a job. After having failed to settle there, she has returned to Greece and this time on the island of Crete.
Antonina had a relationship with a Syrian citizen who has reported her disappearance to the police.
A 60year old Greek man who is believed to have a previous criminal record is being investigated.
Earlier this month, the body of another Bulgarian woman, Alexandra Bijeva, was found washed out on a lonely beach in the town of Agios Nikolaos on Crete. Alexandra’s relatives believe that she died in suspicious circumstances.