A baffled marine diver returned to shore with a sheet-wrapped bundle found wedged in rocks at the base of Ifach. Believing it was nothing more than rubbish, the Benissa diving school instructor unloaded it at the Basetes marina.
But when they unknotted the sheet, the flabbergasted divers were confronted with a human skeleton, a child’s doll and twigs bearing names.
Also with the grisly package was a container with laurel leaves, some feathers and a watertight capsule containing a mysterious yellow liquid.
The diver also unearthed a broken staff, apparently said to symbolise the end of a journey.
The Guardia Civil’s Policia Judicial unit are currently trying to unravel the puzzle, attempting to identify both the remains and the significance of the objects found with them.
The skeleton had apparently been interred for around 20 years before it was consigned to the sea, sources have revealed.
However, no sooner had the news of the discovery broken on Saturday August 27, than several other finds were reported. Later the same day members of a Calpe diving club found a similar submerged parcel near the spot where the first was located.
Later still, Basetes diving club members, out on a night dive, found another considerably larger package in the Peñon’s Nido del Aguila zone.
Not wanting to destroy possible evidence or interfere with investigations already launched by Guardia Civil, the divers marked both locations with buoys and alerted authorities.
Although the remains were found in rocks on the Peñon’s seaward side, it’s accessible from the shore so the parcels could have been taken under cover of darkness, sources said.
Forensic experts are trying to determine what took place with theories ranging from burial at sea to voodoo rituals.