21 Jun, 2024 @ 11:42
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Body of missing woman found near Spain’s Costa Blanca could be SIXTH victim of notorious serial killer who murdered British and German tourists

Body of missing woman found near Spain’s Costa Blanca could be SIXTH victim of notorious serial killer who murdered British and German tourists

THE body of 42-year-old Ester Estepa- missing since last August- has been discovered in Gandia, with serial killer Jose Jurado Montilla being probed over her murder.

It was hidden under thick reeds in a cave with clothes and documentation found on her remains.

It’s been revealed that her skull was found on a median between the N-332 and the Gandia beach road by hikers in February.



DNA analysis on the skull came back in early June which confirmed that it was Ester with a judge authorising the Policia Nacional to start an extensive search for the rest of her body.

Ester Estepa- from Sevilla- had a photo taken two days before she vanished with Jose Jurado Montilla and another man.

Jurado Montilla, or Dinamita Montilla, as he calls himself on TikTok, was sentenced to 123 years behind bars after being convicted for four murders in Malaga province between 1985 and 1987.

Victims included British and German tourists.

Despite his lengthy sentence, 30 years was the maximum time he could spend in prison for murder and was even let out two years early in December 2013 due to a controversial ruling by the European Court in Strasbourg.

He is currently in custody after being arrested in May over the killing of a 21-year-old student in the Malaga area, who was shot in the head in August 2022.

It’s been reported that Montilla, 62, sent text messages pretending to be Ester Estepa using her mobile phone, which has not been found.

The pretence included telling her mother she was going to Barcelona to catch a flight and was going to live in Argentina with some friends.

Ester’s family revealed that Montilla even contacted them personally via a WhatsApp video call to check on the police investigation a few days after they filed a missing person report with the Policia Nacional.

He told Ester’s mother, Pepa, that he was with her in August and that she was a ‘very trusting daughter’ and a ‘lovely person’.

Montilla subsequently contacted Pepa several times to see if she had been found and even posted an appeal on social media.

Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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