Nun no longer on the run
CoLomniast police have arrested a nun in connection with the murder of another sister from her order, whose burned and mutilated body was found by the side of a road outside the capital Bogota, writes Jeremy McDermott in Medellin.
Sister Leticia Lopez was arrested by agents of the Attorney General's office in connection with the murder a fellow nun who worked alongside her in a foundation caring for drug addicts and prostitutes in the historic Candelaria district of Bogota.
The murdered nun, Sr Luz Arnparo Granada, was found dead and mutilated last November, her corpse covered in cardboard boxes on the main eastern road from Bogota.
She had been shot in the head, her legs severed and parts of her badly burnt. DNA tests were needed to prove that the body was that of the missing sister.
Sr Amparo, 30, was a popular figure in the area, and remembered by many for her striking looks. She was tall with red hair and blue eyes, mosi unusual in a city were most have black hair and dark eyes, a doubly uncommon sight among the poor street people of the notorious El Cartucho slum, where she often worked.
Investigators found cardboard matching that found with the corpse in the house of Sr Lopez. They would not speculate as to the motive for the killing.
Sr Lopez is being held in a police cell in the capital where sources indicate she spends all her time on her mattress reading the Bible.
This is not the first violent incident involving nuns. Last August, two sisters were patrolling their convent in Tunja, just north of Bogota when they heard a noise and fired several shots from a 38 Smith and Wesson pistol, killing a male intruder. They were later cleared of the murder as they had a gun licence and were deemed by the judge to have acted in selfdefence.