By Humphrey Carter

PALMA
THE National and Local Police forces have thrown all their resources in to finding a former psychiatric patient who is suspected of having brutally killed his wife at their Palma home on Thursday.

The alarm was raised at 9pm on Thursday after a family member of the 45-year-old victim, having not heard from her during the day, popped round to the apartment the couple shared in Camp Redo.

That was when the mutilated body of 45-year-old Juana Maria Rebassa, who suffered a minor disability, was discovered partly covered by some plastic shopping bags in a pool of blood. The National Police murder squad mounted an immediate search of the vicinity but found no trace of 53-year-old Jose Juan Puchal Perez.

According to neighbours the couple had lived in the Camp Redo flat for the past 12 years and the police have no record of any previous incidents of domestic violence.

Yesterday, as all the local authorities and women's rights groups condemned what was described as a savage killing, scores of police were working against the clock in a frantic attempt to try and track the suspect down as quickly possible.

Teams of National and Local Police combed the Camp Redo neighbourhood and the waste ground and banks of the Sa Riera river course which runs through Palma while units also searched the area of Porto Cristo where they believe the suspect could also be hiding.

Yesterday's post mortem revealed that the victim had died at midday on Thursday and she had been dead for several hours before her body was found.
At going to press last night, the suspect was still at large.

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