A model and sex worker whose body was found in a suitcase predicted her own death in a chilling video she filmed in secret and sent to a friend days before she died.
Russian escort Gretta Vedler, 23, went missing in February 2021 while she was staying at a Moscow hotel before starting a new life in Bali.
Her body was found in a suitcase inside a car in a garage on the outskirts of a village near Lipetsk, 400km from the Russian capital.
It has now been revealed that Ms Vedler predicted her death a few days before she disappeared.
Victim secretly recorded conversation at hotel
The haunting video, which is spoken entirely in Russian, was filmed secretly by Ms Vedler and shows a conversation with a hotel employee at the reception desk.
The footage appears to have been recorded on her mobile phone but held under the reception counter so hotel staff could not see it.
In the footage, she can be heard saying: "I'm from number 708. I was screaming, I was threatened with murder, but no one came to my rescue.
"Why? You understand that if something happens to me..."
The hotel manager then says something inaudible before Ms Vedler continues: "Remember, his name..."
She then named her boyfriend Dmitry Korovin several times as her alleged future killer.
The friend – not named in local media – said she had met Mr Korovin “several times”.
“I didn't like him at all,” they said.
"Firstly, it is immediately clear that this person is unpredictable, unprincipled and dangerous.
"Secondly, I know for sure – he perfectly understood what Gretta was doing.
"But he didn't stop her. And even vice versa – he took advantage of the fact that she made a lot of money."
Ms Vedler complained to her friends that Mr Korovin would constantly ask her for money and fail to pay her back.
"Dima [Dmitry] had a problem. Drugs. Gretta did different substances with him for a while, but then stopped,” the friend said.
But despite his huge debt to her – RUB 1 million (AUD$26,584) according to reports – she did not break off the relationship.
Couple had argument before model was killed
Mr Korovin told the police that on the day of the model's death, the couple had argued about Ms Vedler’s clients.
Mr Korovin, who was drunk at the time, claimed that he lunged at her and ended up strangling her before he passed out.
He said that when he came to, he found her cold on the bed.
He said that he packed her body into the suitcase and left Moscow with it.
He then kept it in his parents' garage for a year.
An investigator revealed that Mr Korovin told him: "I couldn't bring myself to bury Ms Vedler somewhere in the woods, like some kind of dog.
"We were close to her, I couldn't do that to her!"
In the suitcase, activated charcoal was also found.
Mr Korovin told investigators that he had heard that it would cancel out the smell of her decomposing corpse.
He is set to undergo a forensic psychiatric assessment.
In a statement, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the City of Moscow confirmed they were investigating a criminal case “against a young man who has been charged with a crime under Part 1 of Art. 105 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (murder)”.
"As previously reported, on 12th March, 2022, the body of a model who disappeared in Moscow in 2021 was found in the garage of a country house in the city of Lipetsk.
"The defendant was detained in accordance with Art. 91 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of the Russian Federation, during the interrogation he fully admitted his guilt, explaining to the investigator that he strangled his girlfriend as a result of a conflict that arose due to financial and domestic disagreements. After committing the crime, the accused hid the body in a suitcase and moved it to the territory of the city of Lipetsk, where he lived.
"Today, the investigation is petitioning the Presnensky District Court of Moscow for the election of a preventive measure in the form of detention for the defendant. The criminal investigation is ongoing."
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