A man who had been missing for a month after going to meet a woman he met on dating application Badoo has been found dead with signs he was buried alive in Spain.
The 54-year-old man, a computer technician named in reports as Jose Antonio Delgado Fresnedo, had gone missing in early September after he travelled from the town of Getxo, in the Basque Country, northern Spain, to city of Zaragoza in the northern Spanish region of Aragon, reportedly to meet a woman he had met on the dating application Badoo.
Badoo is headquartered in London in the UK and has over 400 million users.
Fresnedo, who was separated, went missing after travelling to the date and his body has now been found on the outskirts of Pedrola, near Zaragoza, by a farmer.
The body was reportedly in a state of decomposition but local newspaper El Periodico de Aragon report there were signs he had been buried alive as an autopsy showed he had soil in his lungs.
The Spanish Civil Guard in Zaragoza arrested a couple, a Moroccan man and a Latin American woman, whose names have not been revealed.
According to reports, the victim’s body had been driven to its burial site in his own red Mercedes valued at 50,000 EUR (44,395 GBP).
The suspects allegedly tried to sell the car online for less than its value. A man interested in buying the vehicle then met with the couple who told him that the owner of the car was sick and was unable to attend the meeting, showing him the official documents of the car.
They reportedly signed a contract and the buyer paid money in advance, taking the car with him but they still needed to change the owner in the official documents and agreed to meet again.
However, reports state the couple never returned his calls so he decided to go to a police station to report the case.
The investigating officers believe the robbery of the car might have been the motive for the murder.
Investigators believe that it is not an isolated case as the modus operandi is similar to at least two other assaults suffered by men in the last three months in the same area.
They were reportedly contacted by the woman who allegedly convinced them to go to the place where they were violently assaulted. The other victims were not killed.