LIVE: Press conference on the murder of Vanja and Panche
The Minister of Internal Affairs, Oliver Spasovski, and the primary public prosecutor of the Public Prosecutor's Office of Skopje, Gavril Bubevski, will present the information related to the murder of Vanja Gjorchevska and Pance Zhezhovski at a press conference at 9:30 a.m.
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Yesterday, in the vicinity of Skopje, the lifeless body of 14-year-old Vanja Gjorchevska, who was reported missing on 27.11.2023, was found, and in the vicinity of Veles, the body of 74-year-old Panče Žežovski from Veles was also found, who on 24.11.2023 was reported missing. In connection with the two cases, five people are suspected, three of whom were detained, one person is out of the country, and one person - the girl's father - was detained in the police station.
The announcement stated that previously, in connection with the criminal acts, a burnt-out "Citroen" vehicle was found, and after expert examinations, material evidence was provided for the involvement of the persons, for which, after the cases are fully documented, appropriate criminal charges will be filed in coordination with the Public Prosecutor. report. From the conducted investigative actions, it was determined that both murders were committed by the same persons, whose motive was "selfishness", that is, money. Also, from the implemented operational measures, it was determined that the minor Gjorchevska was taken by vehicle from the entrance of the residence, and from the information provided from the interrogation, it was determined that she was killed on the same day (November 27.11.2023, 10) around XNUMX am.
Immediately after receiving the reports for the missing persons, measures and activities were taken to find them, and a special Operational Headquarters was established in SVR Skopje, headed by the head of SVR Skopje. Searches were carried out in homes and other premises in the areas of SVR Skopje, SVR Veles and SVR Shtip, during which mobile phones, computers, vehicles, etc. were found and confiscated, numerous conversations were carried out with families, acquaintances, friends and persons who would they could have any information, and several hundred police officers who worked exclusively on these cases were involved daily in the investigative actions.
Public prosecutors from the Basic Public Prosecutor's Office Skopje and from the Basic Public Prosecutor's Office Veles carried out an inspection of the two locations where the bodies of the missing were found yesterday. Orders have been issued for autopsies on the bodies of the victims and for proper identification. Orders have also been issued for the collection and expert examination of all traces and evidence from both locations.
In the days following the disappearance of the two men, public prosecutors issued warrants for searches of multiple locations, securing video surveillance footage, locating based on base stations, analysis and forensics of electronic devices, forensics of material traces and evidence, including the car linked to the event. Persons who could have certain knowledge about the event were interviewed and based on all the collected evidence, the event was cleared in terms of the suspected perpetrators and their motives. After completing the evidence and ordered expert reports, the prosecutor's office will initiate appropriate proceedings against all suspects.