On Tuesday, French police detained four people for questioning over the mysterious death of 33-year-old journalist Caroline Corvalan, a source close to the case said.
Investigators last week announced that someone close to the victim was considered as a person of interest, though they failed to say whether that person was among the four arrested.
Maintenance workers discovered Corvalan’s decomposed torso in a service duct in the 18th arrondissement of Paris on September 24.
The journalist’s remains were so badly disfigured and decayed that she could only be identified by her fingerprints.
In a further twist, there was an unsolved burglary at Corvalan’s nearby apartment on September 18, when “one or more strangers went into her home to steal her phone, a digital tablet, a coat and her handbag,” a police source told Le Parisien newspaper.
Police also said the journalist was the subject of an open complaint of repeated death threats made between March and August of this year.
Corvalan worked as a freelance journalist, who broadcast from the Riviera resort of Cannes for the France 3 station.
She was reported missing on August 20 after not reporting for work.