A suspected serial killer targeting gay men turned himself in to police in Bilbao, Spain, on Thursday.
Nelson David Morena Bolanos, 25, who claims he is innocent, is suspected of murdering up to 8 men he met via gay dating app Grindr.
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A spokesperson for the Basque Country police told The Mirror, “I can confirm a man has handed himself in to police after seeing himself being alluded to in the media and WhatsApp groups. He was formally arrested after he handed himself in. We are not saying why or where he was arrested.”
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According to the Basque newspaper, El Correo, it was initially believed that the men had died of natural causes. However, the family of one of the victims noticed thousands of euros had been transferred out of the account, after the victim’s death. A follow-up toxicology report revealed GHB in his system.
Police have been on the lookout for Bolanos, a Columbian national, since December after a victim came forward.
The victim had escaped after Bolanos allegedly tried to strangle him. Bolanos escaped in a hurry but left behind his backpack, which contained his ID and GHB.
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For 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention call Lifeline on 13 11 14
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