14 Jun, 2019 @ 12:40
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PICTURED: Romanian woman beheaded on the Costa Blanca as police say arrest ‘imminent’

POLICE sources have said an arrest is ‘imminent’ for the brutal murderer who beheaded a Romanian woman on the Costa Blanca.

The perpetrator left significant ‘traces’ at the murder scene, sources told Spanish newspaper Las Provincias.

“It was not the work of a professional,” sources added as the Jefatura Superior de Policia de Valencia’s homicide squad are investigating the horrific attack.

Isabel Elena Raducanu, 36, was found decapitated by her Spanish partner in their apartment in Xativa at 4.10pm on Tuesday.

TRAGEDY: Raducanu had lived in Xativa for ‘a year’, following ‘five or six years’ in Valencia city, a neighbour told El Español

The mother-of-two was naked on the floor when partner Juan Vicente, 32, discovered her lifeless body.

Raducanu’s daughter was not yet back from school, while another child reportedly lives overseas.

The city of Xativa has been rocked by the murder that happened just two minutes from the town hall in the city’s centre.

Wednesday was declared a day of mourning.

MURDER SCENE: Raducanu’s body retried from the Xativa apartment block on Tuesday
SHOCKED: A minute’s silence was held at Xativa town hall on Wednesday, where a spokesman called increasing male violence a ‘new terrorism’

Tributes to the woman have poured in online, with friend Magnolia Molina Dominhues saying: “I promise Isabell Elena Raducanu that we are going to do justice for you.

“I’m going to give you all the love you gave your little girl.

“You were that lovely person, you always made me feel good with your laugh, and loved us from the first day.

“I love you, and I will love you forever to infinity, and more.”

MOTHER-OF-TWO: Raducanu was six months pregnant and lived with her 6-year-old daughter, one of two children

Vicente confessed to police that his recent partner was six-months pregnant.

He added that Raducanu was also a ‘sex worker’.

A neighbour told El Español she heard ‘shouting’ and ‘fighting’ coming from the apartment at 2pm.

She said the shouting was in ‘Romanian’.

Meanwhile police are investigating on the grounds a former client of Raducanu’s committed the tragic crime due to a debt.

The person was likely known to Raducanu, as the door showed no signs of forced entry.

An autopsy yesterday confirmed the cause of death as blood-loss from a neck wound.

TRIBUTE: A friend named Magnolia said Raducanu always made her ‘feel good’

Raducanu’s partner was ruled out of the investigation as CCTV footage placed him at the agricultural warehouse where he works when the murder took place.

However, the police believe crime scene evidence will lead to rapid justice.

“Although you can never take anything for granted in this type of case, everything indicates that sooner rather than later someone will be arrested,” a police source said.

Raducanu’s brother, who lives in the UK, has arrived in Xativa to ask the mayor to repatriate her remains back to Romania.

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

Contact me now: [email protected] or call +44 07960046259. Twitter: @jjparfitt

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