A body, believed to be that of missing Irishman Carl Carr, has been recovered from an area near the motorway between Algorfa and Benijófar. Sources claim that preliminary checks indicate that the body is likely that of missing 38-year-old Carr, given information about his tattoos and metal bars in his legs from a car accident. DNA samples have been taken from the remains to confirm his identity.
Five arrests were made and four people have been remanded in custody without bail – one for alleged murder and three for concealment.
Carr was reported missing by his girlfriend in September last year after he had been at a dance event in Cabo Roig and had not returned. The body was discovered by police buried in a shallow grave near the motorway. It appears that he may have been beaten to death. Despite Carr’s previous criminal record for drugs charges – he served an eight year jail sentence in Ireland after heroin and cocaine worth €1.43 million was seized – police believe that the alleged murder is not drug related. Speaking to the press in Ireland, Carr’s mother claims that her son was involved in a ‘love triangle’ and that this is what led to his demise. However, a motive for the alleged murder has not been formally confirmed.
Five people were arrested – identities have not been released but they are believed to be of Irish, British and Spanish nationality. One individual was released but remains under investigation. The other four, including the one accused of the alleged murder, appeared in court at the weekend and have been remanded in custody. The court appearance is believed to have taken place after the body was located but no formal charges have yet been brought against the four – two men and two women – as is the norm here in Spain where charges are formalised closer to trial. The investigation into Carr’s disappearance was initially led by authorities in Orihuela but was moved when investigators suspected that the alleged murder took place within the jurisdiction of Torrevieja. The main suspect is also believed to be under investigation for extortion as part of a separate case.