Suspect arrested in Argentina tourist murders: police

1st August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Authorities have arrested a man in connection with the murder of two French women who were found shot to death in a tourist area in northern Argentina, provincial police told AFP Monday.

The women's bodies were found Friday by hikers on a trail in an area overlooking Salta, the capital of a northern province of the same name.

"At 2:00 am (05H00 GMT Monday) this morning we detained a person, a middle aged man, for his presumed implication in these acts," police officer Jose Hinojosa said.

Hinojosa said the man was a resident of Salta, but his identity and nationality were being withheld, he said.

French consul general Patrick Flot traveled to Salta on Monday to confer with local authorities, including Salta governor Juan Manuel Uturbey, a French embassy source said.

The women, both 30, were believed to have been killed between Tuesday and Friday while on a hike in the rocky trails that offer panoramic views of Salta, the provincial capital 1,600 kilometers north of Buenos Aires.

One of the woman was shot in the head and apparently sexually abused. The other was shot in the back.

© 2011 AFP

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