Disappearance, robbery, possible murder and an inhumane burial …
These are the elements of an incredible story investigated by Angeliki Nikolouli, starring a young man.
Vassilis Meleniklis, 37, who was lost on Tuesday 3rd April by Prossotsani Dramas, was buried in his friends’ home yard, where the show was spotted. In the same courtyard of Alistrati in Serres, which was for two months the tomb of Vassilis, one of the two alleged as perpetrators spoke to “Tunnel”, which surprised him and fell into contradiction…
Developments were staggering … Strenuous journalistic research in the region seems to have triggered authorities that they were mobilized the next day and found the corpse.
The two brothers, Vasili’s “friends”, told police officers that the unlucky young man had died of overdoses of drugs, they took away the money they knew he had and buried him in a shallow pit in the courtyard of their house, continuing their everyday life!
One day after the two were released free defendants only for possession a small amount of drugs! Investigations and inquiries about the death conditions of Vasilis and his burial are in progress and a new documentation will be formed that will follow the path of the law process!
Vaccinations in forensic examination
According to the coroner who examined the body, the death of the 37-year-old is due to acute pulmonary edema. A syringe was found in his right hand and transferred to the forensic laboratories for further analysis.
The head of the Forensic Service, Piraeus Elias Bojokas, stressed :
“This case is the definition of all cases requiring the appointment of an expert by the family. There are scientific loopholes and all the data must be judged to conclude if it was an accident or a crime. Attention is needed, elements to be considered by pathologists and coroners co-operation “.
We will appoint an expert for the truth
Shocking was what the mother of the victim, Tasoula, revealed to Tunnel, in a telephone conversation with the show from Germany where she lives.
“I can not believe that the Authorities have released these men. I have doubts if my child died in the way they claim and so I will appoint an expert. ”
She also said she had declared her son’s disappearance three weeks later, because police officers told her not to worry, and that Vasilis would be found. In the same way they prevented her from contacting Silver Alert, which was delayed. Vassilis’ unfortunate mother said that while the police officers had in their hands the evidence that before he was lost he spoke with a certain person and went to Alistrati, they did not proceed with the investigations.
“They told me they can not interrogate this person because he has health problems. After persistent phone calls they went to the house that the show spottd, but they found nothing. ”
She told about the behavior of a police officer when in one of the mother’s phone calls, she replied:
“Do you sit on your couch in Germany and have ideas on how to do our job?” Then he hung up the phone.
Another relative, deeply indignant and troubled, spoke to the show.
“I would like to applaud your honor, Mrs. Nicolouli. When you informed me that the Police went to this house to to find the dead body of our Vasiil, you told me to go to the department and confirm it. When I arrived at the Prossotsani police they saw me and they said, “Did you come back to ask about the disappearance?” When I explained them, they not only knew nothing, they not only did not ask their colleagues themselves to see what happened, but they told me to call them. We went there to find out if the dead man was our child … “, she said.
“Do they cover the perpetrators?”
A witness who knows people and things came into contact with Tunnel and spoke to Angeliki Nikolouli.
She reported that one of the two brothers involved in the case of Vasilis immediately after the disappearance had a blow on his head that then retreated.
“I wonder if there was a fight. How did he hit his head? These people have an illegal past… Do they cover them? Do they have a connection? ” she said to ” Tunnel “.
The inhabitants of Alistrati were listening to the shocking developments. On a live connection to the show, some said:
“It is unprecedented what happened. We realized that something serious happened when we saw Nikoloulis TV crew. Then came the Police. People are afraid … They believe in the law of silence … “.
When Vasilis was found
When the police officers suddenly went to the house of Vasilis friends, to uncover his lifeless body, the reporter of the show contacted their mother.
She answered the phone reluctantly.
“Police is here, I cannot talk … the kid was found …” she whispered.
Then a policeman asked her who she was talking to. She told him with “Tunnel”, and the phone closed abruptly.
Alistrati Serres: The shocking revelation
As soon as it became clear to the local media that the police had gone unnoticed to a house in Alistrati in order to find the body of a missing person, it signaled an alarm.
Journalists from the Serres Television Network have rushed to cover the reportage.
In the courtyard of the house, in which two days before was found the research team of the show there were police officers who, with in heavy rain and hail, had undertaken the difficult task of exposing unlucky Vasilis body.
They dug up at a point on the back of the courtyard next to the warehouse and in a short while they faced the macabre spectacle.
The body was transferred directly to the forensic service for the necessary procedures.
“At first we saw mobility… We had heard that they were looking for someone from Prossotsani and that a reporter from Nikolouli came here…” said a resident.
A neighbor from the house said he often saw Vasilis visiting the tenants of the house and leaving alone with a taxi.. His neighbors had lost their father at an early age and their mother grew them up alone. But they got in trouble … “he stressed.
The Deputy Mayor of the area also arrived at the site:
“A corpse was found and residents are upset. We ask the State to create a police department in our area because we are facing serious crime problems. ”
“I realized from the phone call that they were waiting for him …”
The driver who carried Vasilis from his village to Alistrati spoke to Tunnel from his taxi on the same route.
As he said, they did not talk to each other over the course of about twenty kilometers. Vassilis spoke on the phone and from his context he understood that he was going to meet someone at Alistrati.
“Surely he was talking to a man and said he was on his way, and that he would soon reach his destination. As he spoke on the phone, he did not refer to money. I knew he had money on ihim, because his neighbor told me when she called me to transfer him. When we arrived, I saw that he was holding a large sum of money. We arrived at Alistrati through a central spot and asked me to stop at a junction. He paid me, I gave him the change and I left, “said the taxi driver.
The Tunnel finds the house with the grave…
“Tunnel” was found in the town of Alistrati where Vasilis arrived on Tuesday afternoon.
The reporter literally went door-to-door to find the tip of the yarn in his mysterious disappearance.
The inhabitants spoke of a group of delinquent behavior known to the region for its action, which was also reported to the local police.
A cafe owner, speaking on the show’s camera, said he often saw Vasilis coming alone in Alistra by taxi.
That day they saw him get off the taxi and then head for a certain neighborhood where some of his friends are staying. But no one saw him coming back.
Tunnel, after searching with persistence, found the house of “friends” and surprise them. The mother of the two young men reported that the missing person was hanging out with her sons and used to go to their house.
As he said in the afternoon of the Tuesday he appeared at their door drunk.
“He hit the door but my children told him to leave. By how he left, I do not know … “she stressed.
The reporter insisted and in a short while spoke to the camera her son who was the last person to see him alive.
At first he claimed he did not know him well and had met him a few times.
“I’m not sure if it was April 3rd, but he came and knocked the doors loudly, he cried, such things… I did not accept him, I told him to leave and he went down to the road. I did not even know he would have a surgery, or that he had money “he said.
In the stubborn questions of the journalist he began to confuse his words and tried to disorient her by telling her that he had last seen Vasilis with a Russian and that he had filed about it to the Police.
When the reporter told him that according to the taxi driver Vasilis had brought him to Alistratis himself, he fell into contradiction. He tried to convince her that the unfortunate young man had gone to find him a few days before. He then claimed that he had left alone in an unknown direction while he and his brother stayed at home.
From family tragedy to disappearance…
Fate showed her harsh face early in the family of Vasilis who spent the last few years with his grandmother in the village of Prossotsani.
The old woman, with white hair, welcomed Tunnel’s reporter to her house and spoke excitedly to the show’s camera.
In the room of her missing grandson, his stuff is in place and his bed paved.
“It was here where Vassilis was born … His nine days old when his mother had the accident with the car. My son and her brother were killed. She was then forced to go to Germany to her parents who lived there. He took the baby and left, “she said excitedly.
Vassilis grew up in Germany but came to Greece often, until 2010 when he returned to become a soldier. In the beginning he stayed with his aunt in Kavala. Then, after an erotic disappointment, he asked his grandmother to stay with her. Every day he talked to his mother on the phone, which she remarried gave birth to another child and later had a grandchild.
“He had been sick lately … And now he got lost his hand is broken and he would go to Thessaloniki to have a surgery. That’s why he asked me two thousand euros, “said her grandmother to” Tunnel “.
“I had saved some money for my funeral and gave it to him,” concluded the old lady.
“He would go to the hospital to have a surgery and got lost …”
The Doctor had told Vassil that he would make the surgery on Wednesday.
“He left the day before for Thessaloniki, he would stay there that night, and the next day he would enter the surgery. But when we called the doctor, he told us that Vasilis did not go there … From the neighborhood I learned he took a taxi and went to Alistrati … “said his grandmother.
Tunnel found the neighbor who called for the taxi, the fatal day he was lost.
He went to her house with a beer in his hand and was dizzy. He sat down for a while and then asked her to call a taxi to go to Mikropolis of Drama.
“Vasilis did not feel well and I went to tell the taxi driver to come and get him. I helped him get up and drove him to the car. Since then he had not given any sign of life … I wish he is OK, he is a good kid … ” said to ” Tunnel “.
The news of Vasilis’s disappearance has upset the villagers who wanted to help the family. One of them, a taxi owner, spoke to Tunnel’s camera:
“His grandmother asked everywhere if anyone had seen him. His mother came from abroad, we were looking for him, but with no result. No one saw him, we had no testimony. Personally, I think the child was killed … There are many rumors that there is a gung where he went. Police know … What we surely know is that he did not take a taxi from Alistrati. No colleague took him from there “.
When his old grandmother learned that Vasilis arrived by taxi to Alistrati, she went to the police. to go look for him.
“I told them he had money on him and that he might been drunk. They comfort me. The next day I went back and then told me that the river that exists in our area separates Drama from Serres and is not their area of competence. I told them to notify the other side, but nothing happened… “.
“I pray every day for him to be found …”
“I wanted to go with him, but he did not let me … I told him he could not be alone for the surgery, that he needed someone next to him. “No,” said Vassilis. “You’re kneeling …” and I was answering, so what I’m taking medication to stand on my feet … “said his grandmother crying to” Tunnel “.
She was trying to call him on the phone but deactivated. As the hours passed, the days, she put the evil in her mind.
“I had never heard him say anything about Alistrati. If he wanted to calm down, he was visiting Mount Athos or other monasteries. I took care of him and cooked stuffed peppers and sherds and he was telling me: “I will kiss you grandmother you cook so well”. Now I do not know where he is … I pray to God, every day I pray he is okay, “said the old woman.
His photographs are everywhere in the house. Poems pinned on a small bulletin board testify his sensitive nature and cause a thrill of emotion …
“I asked the priest to come here to his room for a ceremony. He had a job and I said do not mind, we will do it later, “said the old woman as if she had guessed the new tragedy she would find her house…