Family issues plea over murdered wife

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SHOCKING DEATH: Torrevieja Town Hall in silence to condemn the murder of mother of two, Johana.

THE family of a murdered Chilean woman are trying to raise €10,000 to repatriate her body.

Johana Bertina Palma Gonzalez was reported missing from the Torrevieja home she shared with her husband and two children some eight weeks ago.

Guardia Civil officers called on residents of the property in Calle Ramon y Caja to help them search the area and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

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The body of the 32-year-old was eventually found buried in an area behind a boiler.

Her 37-year-old husband was subsequently arrested on suspicion of murder. According to reports, he has admitted the couple had a heated argument and that he struck her before trying to conceal her body. 

Police said they had not received any report or complaint of violence between the pair. 

The government in Alicante and in Valencia as well as Torrevieja Town Hall, have observed a minute’s silence in memory of Mrs Gonzalez.

Her death is the fifth case of a domestic violence-related fatality in the region so far this year and the 29th in the same period across Spain.

Meanwhile the family of the dead woman say they have not been offered any help by the Chilean government in their bid to have her body repatriated to her home country.

The couple’s two children, aged aged 12 and five, are being cared for by their maternal grandmother.

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