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Cops: Woman found with dead turtle in her genitals may have been a victim of sex assault

September 24, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Cops: Woman found with dead turtle in her genitals may have been a victim of sex assault

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Authorities say a 26-year-old British woman who unknowingly had a dead baby turtle inside her vagina, may have been a victim of a sexual assault.

According to the Spanish outlet El PaÍs, the unidentified woman, who lives in Tenerife in the Canary Islands, was unaware she had a Chinese three-keeled pond turtle lodged inside her genitals when she arrived last Saturday afternoon at the El Mojon hospital in Arona complaining of abdominal pains.

Doctors suspected the woman may have been a victim of sexual assault after finding the dead pet turtle — which resulted in a “serious infection” in her genitals and immediately notified the authorities.

The victim reportedly told investigators that she was out partying with a group of British friends Thursday night in the area of Fañabé beach a few days earlier, but couldn’t remember the events of that night

Over the next few days, the woman began feeling ill before she decided to go to the hospital.

Doctors at the El Mojon medical center notified authorities in after making the shocking find

Officials said police have temporarily halted the investigation pending new information after the woman implored officers not to further investigate the bizarre incident.

“We are not actively investigating this matter because the woman declined to give a statement,” a police source told The Sun.

However, the public prosecutor in Santa Cruz de Tenerife has started gathering evidence in the case and indicated that legal action is not being ruled out yet.

Police sources also told the Spanish media outlet that the main theory is that the reptile was inserted into the woman’s vagina either by herself or by someone else because it would have been impossible the animal could have ended up inside her body any other way.

Researchers confirmed the reptile was a young freshwater Chinese pond turtle, which can grow to reach up to 12 inches in length and are sold pet stores worldwide.

Medical examiners initially believed the reptile was a loggerhead sea turtle because they are native to the Canary Islands.

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