Irena Mlakar 2007 case similar to Britt Lapthorne Feb 20, 2009 1:04:17 GMT -5
Post by CSA FD on Feb 20, 2009 1:04:17 GMT -5
35-year-old Irena Mlakar
Woman's death 'linked to Lapthorne'
Friday February 20, 2009
The mother of a Slovenian woman found dead in Croatia believes the case is linked to that of Australian traveller Britt Lapthorne.
And like the Lapthorne case, those close to 35-year-old Irena Mlakar accuse police of failing to properly investigate her death, and suspect that police may have had something to do with it.
Irena's body was found in August 2007 on Krk Island, a tourist spot about 570km north of Dubrovnik, where Britt's body was found in October last year, three weeks after she disappeared.
Irena's mother Stasa Mlakar has told the Slovenian newspaper Delo, 'It seems that the death of my daughter and the Australian Britt Lapthorne, who died in Croatia last year, are linked'.
'There are many similarities because both were found three weeks after disappearing, both were identified via DNA, and the autopsy did not reveal the cause of their death.'
Friends, who were on holiday with Irena when she disappeared and began their own hunt for the missing woman, told Delo they believed police were watching them.
Officers wanted to stop them from finding out anything about the disappearance, one unnamed friend told Delo.
A retired criminologist, also unnamed, who joined the search, said police were involved, but did not offer any evidence.
Britt Lapthorne's parents believe their daughter was murdered and have accused Dubrovnik police of frustrating the investigation and tampering with security footage that might hold clues about her death.
Meanwhile, other female travellers have told how they escaped abduction attempts after partying at the same Dubrovnik nightclub from which Britt disappeared.
The women compiled forensic sketches of their alleged attackers, and Dubrovnik police have confirmed they are serving police officers.
But they said the men were 'very good quality' officers who did not harass or rob foreign tourists.