Mystery after two women found 'crushed to death' in field

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Two women have been found crushed in a cornfield, suspected to have been run over by an agricultural vehicle, after a big night out.

The bodies of Hanan Nekhla, 32, and friend Sara El Jaafari, 28, were found in a cornfield between the communes of Ulteriano and San Gluliano in the city of Milan in the Italian region of Lombardy last Saturday (local time).

The two women were close friends who often went out together and, according to a statement by a cousin, they went out with friends on the night of last Thursday and Friday.

According to reports, Ms Nekhla received a phone call from Ms El Jaafari while she was in the company of two other people and invited her out. The call took place about 2am.

Hanan Nekhla and Sara El Jaafari are pictured.
Hanan Nekhla (left) and Sara El Jaafari (right) are pictured. The pair were found dead in a cornfield. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

Mystery surrounds what happened during the night and the last phone call from one of the victims was made about noon on Friday.

One of the victims called emergency services, and explained she was hit by an agricultural vehicle and was badly injured while her friend had died.

Authorities searched for the pair using drones and a helicopter, and two bodies were found about 7.50pm on Saturday.

Their bodies had visible signs of crushing, but no other injuries.

Emergency services in the cornfield where Hanan Nekhla and Sara El Jaafari were found dead near Sesto Ulteriano, Italy, on July 2, 2021.
The scene where Ms Nekhla and Ms El Jaafari were found dead. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

Police are trying to uncover whether the women were with their friends when the tragedy happened and if they left the scene instead of helping the victims or calling for assistance.

What is known from the investigation so far is a 28-year-old Italian man was driving an agricultural vehicle that Friday morning spreading herbicide in the cornfield where the two victims were found. 

The man is now under investigation.

An autopsy on the bodies will be conducted at the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Pavia, and will include toxicological tests to discover whether the pair inhaled the sprayed substance, which could be a contributing factor to their death.

The investigation continues.

– Australscope

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