POLICE in Belgium have arrested the 16-year-old son of a woman whose body was found hidden in a trunk in Playa del Palma.
The youth had disappeared shortly before the body of Gloria Zavala was found wrapped in plastic bags in the garage of a home on the Carretera Militar.
Belgian officers and investigators from the Spanish National Police’s Homicide Group also arrested the girlfriend of the victim’s son, a 17-year-old who had disappeared at the same time.
A post mortem examination allegedly found that Zavala, 53, was the victim of a homicide, although the advanced state of decomposition of the body did not make it possible to determine the precise cause of her death.
Forensics were able to date her death between Friday, May 10 and Sunday, May 12. More tests are being carried out to try to support the post mortem’s verdict of homicide.
Police had made finding Gloria Zavala’s son a priority following the discovery of the body and determining that it was a homicide
A watch was put on Palma airport, but the youth had already left Mallorca. A European arrest warrant was issued, with investigators discovering the youth had moved to Belgium. Spanish authorities are now seeking his extradition.
According to the enquiries of the Homicide Group agents, the son would have lived for at least two days in the same house as his mother’s corpse.
A man who shared the house with the mother and son had gone away for a few days. It was on his return that Zavala’s body was found – a strong smell led him to the trunk.