Nelson David Morena Bolanos handed himself into police after he saw himself linked to four brutal killings of men he met through the dating app Grindr
A suspected serial killer linked to the deaths of at least four men he met on the dating app Grindr has handed himself into police.
Nelson David Morena Bolanos is protesting his innocence after walking into a police station in Irun, Spain, yesterday.
The 25-year-old Colombian is reportedly an illegal immigrant who was facing deportation after overstaying his visa. He remains in custody ahead of an expected court appearance.
It emerged earlier this week that local police in Bilbao were investigating the suspicious deaths of at least four men in the northern Basque city.
The horrific revelations were sparked by a victim coming forward in December.
The man survived an attempt to strangle him and found his attacker had abandoned their rucksack behind them after a struggle, and it contained the knockout drug GHB and personal documents.
Basque newspaper El Correo said that all four deaths were initially attributed to natural causes.
But detectives are understood to have subsequently concluded they could be murder after discovering money had been taken from the dead men’s bank accounts and at least one had traces of liquid ecstasy in his body.
The theory investigators are now probing that the suspected serial killer drugged his victims using the likes of liquid ecstasy, also known as GHB, and accessed their bank accounts after arranging to meet up on dates at their homes using Grindr.
The man police are holding in custody is known to detectives.
Local reports said he was arrested in 2019 for fraud and intercepted by police several times last summer for minor infractions including drinking alcohol on the street.
Confirming they were holding a man in custody, a spokesman for the Ertaintza, which is the autonomous police force for the Basque Country, said this morning: “I can confirm a man has handed himself in to police after seeing himself being alluded to in the media and WhatsApp groups.
“He was formally arrested after he handed himself in. We are not saying why or where he was arrested.”
This horrifying case echoes the sickening sex attack spree of Indonesian student Reynard Sinaga.
The 39-year-old was jailed for life at Manchester Crown Court for the rapes of 136 men.
The sex predator, described as the most prolific rapist in British legal history, used liquid ecstasy to knock out his victims before attacking them.
Serial killer Stephen Port, responsible for the deaths of four men in London, also used GHB to murder victims he met on Grindr.
Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth, and Jack Taylor, who were all in their early 20s, were killed by overdoses of GHB administered by Port between June 2014 and September 2015. He dumped their bodies near his flat in Barking, east London.