Within a few meters, animals had unearthed the remaining bones. The grave, which some had stamped with lime, was now revealed …
Tunnel’s camera was found in the place and brought to light the unknown aspects of this wild crime.
The body of the custom officer Thanassi Petsas, for who the show was looking for, was found nine months after his mysterious disappearance in March 2018.
There have been significant complaints about a raging background with illegal smuggling circuits in the area audited by the unfortunate custom officer. He was about to testify as a witness for a similar case. But someone stopped him …
Tunnel found the spot where the custom officer was buried…
The show spotted a resident of Mandra who knew the hunter who accidentally found Petsa’s remains. He led the TV crew to the point where some tried to wipe out the unlucky custom officer.
It is the inaccessible forest area of Villiari outside Mandra. The dirt road is bad, it leads to a dead end and can only be reached by jeep.
Nine months after the disappearance of the custom officer in December 2018, a group of hunters descended from the top of the mountain, following a stream. The hunters were telling each other that they thought they might fall on some dead of the possible floods that had plagued the area.
They suddenly saw a skull in front of them. They were overwhelmed and thought that an animal had probably uncovered it from somewhere close. They looked around and saw a mortar dug a few meters away. There they saw the rest of the skeleton.
There were traces of lime in the pit as well on the clothes found at the spot. The witness explained that in order to get there, someone can only pass from TITAN settlement, as all other accesses are closed. He explained that only hunters and rare walkers pass from there because it is an extremely difficult place. From Mandra by car it is about twenty to twenty-five minutes away. If someone brought him there from Spata, it would take about an hour.
“We walked on the mountain and saw a man’s skull ..”
Tunnel found the hunter who accidentally faced the macabre finding.
He said to the show:
“As we walked suddenly, we saw a skull in front of us. Right next to it was his teeth. Three meters away in a mound were the rest of the bones of the skeleton and pieces of clothing. Then we were assured a hundred percent that they belonged to a man. They buried the corpse there, and then the dike was dug by animals. My friends at first feared to report it in order not to get involved, but finally we thought maybe we could help some relatives who had lost their man. In fact, I told them jokingly, that after that we would go to Nikolouli … It is strange, however, that it was found at this point because there are going only hunters. Only a jeep could go to the point … ”
He said he was hunting in the area at least twice a year, but he had not noticed a suspicious move.
“He was brought to the mountain that night…”
Private investigator Socrates Stratis was appointed by the family of Thanasis Petsas to investigate his disappearance in March 2018.
First, he investigated the possibility of an accident in cooperation with the Authorities. As he said in “Tunnel”, they searched in wells, ditches and abandoned buildings in the greater Spata area and within a radius of one kilometer from the victim’s house.
Thanasis Petsas, as it was discovered later, did not enter his house that night. His friend with whom he ate before in a tavern, left him close , but he did not see him enter in.
“We did not find any of his personal belongings he had with him. Now it turns out that at the time his friend left him, something happened. Someone took him from there, because he was not driving … We were looking at security camera material that showed a black Mercedes to pass at high speed from the point, a few minutes after arriving, heading for Athens. There was no other move … “, he said to” Tunnel “.
Mr. Stratis reported that he also submitted to the Authorities other data he collected from his investigation.
“It was only remarkable that about three weeks before disappearing, he said to his friends that he had received a visit from a woman who asked him to arrange a case of her husband who was already dead. He did not mention other details and generally did not used to talk about his job. The victim was a public prosecutor in cases of smuggling and was particularly attentive. On the day of his disappearance, a similar court had been postponed where he would testify as a witness in a few days. The fine imposed exceeded one million euros. His skeleton was found at a great distance from his house, so surely someone took him there,” he said.
Mandra: What do the residents say about the skeleton in the forest …
“Tunnel” was found in Mandra, Attica, where in the forest of the area was found that it was left from the unfortunate custom officer.
Residents of the area who saw his photo did not recognize him as a man who used to hang out there.
The localization of the body of Thanasis Petsas was discussed at the cafes of Mandra. Most people said he could not go to the place where he was found himself and that someone took him there. They allegedly murdered him and carried him to the forest to vanish his body.
See more about the case here.