Two women tourists found ‘decapitated’ in Morocco

This is the first picture of one of two Scandinavian female tourists found dead in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains with serious injuries to their necks.

Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, believed to be from Denmark, and a Norweigan woman were found dead on Monday.

At least one report claimed they had allegedly been decapitated, Sky News reports – but exact details are unclear.

The interior ministry said in a statement that the women’s bodies had been found with "signs of violence on their necks" that had been "caused by a cutting device".

They were discovered in an isolated area on the way to North Africa’s highest peak of Toubkal, the ministry said in a statement.

An investigation has been opened to determine the circumstances of the ‘criminal incident,’ the statement said.

Louisa’s mum Helle Jespersen told BT the family is completely ‘broken’.


One person has been arrested in connection with the incident.

A source reportedly said the women were travelling without a guide and camping ‘somewhere near the Club Alpin Francais refuge at the base of Mount Toubkal.’

The second woman is yet to be named.

Toubkal is a popular trekking and hiking destination 82 km (50 miles) south of Morocco’s largest tourist hub, Marrakech.

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