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Trial begins of Camino de Santiago local man who killed US woman

Where Denise was found five months after disappearing.
Where Denise was found five months after disappearing. / R.C.
  • Denise Pikka Thiem disappeared while walking the popular Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in April 2015

Denise Pikka Thiem, a 41-year-old American, disappeared without trace while walking the popular Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route through northern Spain in April 2015. Following disagreements between police forces and attempts by US Senator John McCain to offer FBI assistance, it was in September 2015 when detectives were led to Miguel Ángel Muñoz who lived alongside the route. He confessed and is now on trial facing twenty years in jail. Over 200 people from 20 countries were interviewed in the investigation.