Romania's top police officer was fired because his department responded to three cries for help from a 15-year-old girl reportedly raped and kidnapped – and then killed by her kidnapper.
"He is coming, he is coming," said the teenager, identified as Alexandra, in one of the calls to Romania's emergency number.
Despite the calls, it took 19 hours for the police to find the girl. In the phone calls, the Associated Press reported that she had been beaten and raped by a man who abducted her after giving her a ride when hitchhiking in the southern Roman city of Caracal.
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Ioan Buda was dismissed by Interior Minister Nicolae Moga as the country's chief of police, BBC reported.
The news station reported The girl's family blamed the police for not taking the calls seriously, while the police said the calls were difficult to track.
The police finally found the house where Alexandra was being held at 3am on Friday, and then waited another three hours to enter the BBC. They waited for the court to sign a search warrant that was not required by law.
"Why (authorities) have waited … must be clarified," said prosecutor Bogdan Licu according to Reuters to Antena3. "A girl who claims to have been rescued has died."
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The police found human remains in the house in a barrel and jewelry, Reuters reported.
They suspect that the remains are Alexandra and an 18-year-old woman from a nearby village, who were reported missing in April, according to Reuters.
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Gheroghe Dinca, a 65-year-old mechanic, was arrested for being suspected of murdering the girl, Reuters reported.