Teenager was hit by killer's car before she was murdered

The suspect in the murder of a 15-year-old girl is Dragan Đurić - a 34 year-old Belgrader who lives in the suburb of Surčin, the interior minister has said.

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The victim, Tijana Jurić, was reported missing on July 26 from the town of Bajmok in Serbia's northern province of Vojvodina.

Minister Nebojša Stefanović specified during a news conference on Thursday that the suspect, who works as a butcher, first hit the victim with his car, and then when she asked for help, dragged her into the car and drove to some 10 kilometers from the town of Sombor, where he murdered and buried his victim.

The minister said that it was determined that the girl did not sustain any serious injuries from the traffic accident. The killer later struck the victim and her clothes were removed, whle the post mortem will determine whether she was also raped, the minister said.

Stefanović referred to the suspect as "a monster" and added that "because of such monsters and acts I am sometimes sorry that Serbia abolished the death penalty," and added that "obviously our society is not ready for European norms of behavior."

The minister then added that the investigation showed the suspect had no accomplice, and that as the police observed him before he was arrested he went about his day normally and "showed no signs of regret."

The suspect also took and failed a polygraph test, and later admitted to the crime and led the police to the location where he said he buried his victim.

Stefanović added that the suspect and the victim never met before the crime took place, and had no previous communication, and that the police "cannot claim he was planning to do this for days, although I am not saying he was not planning it during that day."

The minister added that the victim's body was covered "with some soil" that Đurić had in the trunk of his car, but added that this soil "has nothing to do with the possible planning of the murder."

Stefanović then said the suspect in the past made minor offenses, and described him as "a very large man - about two meters tall and weighing 100 kilograms."

The minister then commended the police for the high level of professionalism as they managed to find the murderer "with almost non-existent evidence at the start of the investigation," while their job was made harder by the absence of any previous contact between the victim and the killer, "so the motive of the crime could not be determined."

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