Santiago Way murder solved

Credits: Oula Lehtinen
SANTIAGO WAY: Pilgrims near Astorga

AN employee of the Almeria-based Cajamar bank clinched the case against the killer of Denise Thiem.

The worker at the bank’s Astorga (Leon) branch became suspicious after Miguel Angel Muñoz came in to change $1,200 last April. The disappearance of the 41-year-old from Arizona from the Santiago Way near Astorga was fresh in everyone’s mind and she decided to photocopy some of the notes.

Muñoz was questioned and subsequently released by the police although they kept him under surveillance. Months later when the US Embassy in Madrid and the FBI became involved they re-examined the evidence against him. They found that the photocopied dollar bills’ serial numbers matched those that Thiem withdrew from her bank in the US.

Muñoz, who had fled from his home some days earlier, was brought in again for questioning once more, he finally confessed to killing Thiem and took them to the shack where her body was buried.


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