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Gergana Prodonova: human remains found in Exeter confirmed as those of missing hotel worker

Remains found in Exeter earlier this month have been confirmed as those of missing hotel worker Gergana Prodonova. Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Police have confirmed human remains found in Exeter are those of the missing hotel worker Gergana Prodonova

Her body was found on waste ground off Blackall Road in Exeter after an extensive police search began when the 38-year-old went missing on her way to work on August 4.

Kostadin Kostov - a 42-year-old man from Bulgaria - was charged with her murder and has been remanded in custody awaiting trial.


Man avoids jail after sending death threat to Labour MP

Geoffrey Farquharson wearing a Vote Leave T-shirt Credit: Irving of Exeter

A man who admitted leaving homophobic and racist abuse on the answer phone of Ben Bradshaw has avoided a jail sentence.

Geoffrey Farquarhson from Fore Street in Exeter made the call to the MP's office shortly before the murder of Jo Cox.

Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw said he was not unduly concerned by the death threat Credit: PA

Farquarhson was handed 12 weeks in jail, suspended for two years.

He was also given a restraining order preventing him from contacting Mr Bradshaw or going anywhere near the Labour Party office.

Gergana Prodonova: human remains found in Exeter during search for missing hotel worker

Human remains have been found in the search for Gergana Prodonova. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police have confirmed they have found human remains in Exeter during the search for missing woman Gergana Prodonova.

The remains were found on wasteland off Blackall Road in the city at around 4pm this afternoon.

Gergana's family in Bulgaria have been informed and a post-mortem will now take place.

42-year-old Kostadin Kostov has been charged with murder.


Urgent appeal for missing woman as man arrested for murder

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a Bulgarian woman failed to turn up to work.

Police have issued an urgent appeal to help them trace the movements and whereabouts of 38-year-old Gergana Prodonova.

She was reported missing on Monday August 8 after she failed to turn up for work over the weekend, but was last seen at a food store in Sidwell Street in Exeter at around 8pm on Thursday August 4.

Gergana Prodonova Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

She is 5 feet 6 inches, of slim build with long black hair and may have been wearing a three quarter length beige coat.

Police launched a major investigation and a 42 year old Bulgarian man has subsequently been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with Gergana’s disappearance and is being questioned by police.

If you have seen Gergana since last Thursday, the 4th of August, or if you know her current whereabouts, please get in touch with police now. Call 101 or email and quote log number 462 of the 8th of August.

We are extremely concerned for Gergana’s welfare and safety and would welcome any information that the public can give us.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Burgan
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