Body found in freezer believed to be Croatian woman missing for 18 years

A body found in a freezer is believed to be a Croatian woman who went missing more than 18 years ago, local police revealed Monday.

Officials said the body found in Croatia on Saturday is believed to be that of Jasmina Dominic, who was reported missing in 2005 but was last seen in 2000, when she was 23.

"We suppose that the body found in the freezer is that of a woman born in 1977 and whose disappearance was reported on August 16, 2005," police spokesman Nenad Risak told AFP.

The corpse was discovered in a freezer in the hallway of the Dominic family home in the village Pavlovec, northeast of Zagreb, police said.

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Smiljana Srnec, 45, who is Dominic’s older sister, was detained in the case. An autopsy of the body is being conducted, police said.

A local media report said that Srnec lived in the house where the body was found with her husband and three children.

The case has shocked Croatia, with many wondering how it was possible that the family had lived for so long with a body hidden in the house.

"They (family) turned us in other directions," Risak said of the initial investigation into Dominic's disappearance. "We checked the house (during the investigation) ... but didn't have information anything could have happened at home."

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Risak said the family had told police in the past that Dominic was living abroad.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.