Investigators probing the suspected femicide of Cecilia Strzyzowski have revealed they have discovered what they believe to be the missing woman’s engagement ring.
The piece of jewellery was found among a host of burnt objects at a house in the Barrio Emerenciano Sena de Resistencia neighbourhood (3700 Calle San Martín). The find was confirmed by Chaco prosecutor Jorge Cáceres.
Investigators believe the ring matches one seen in an Instagram post Strzyzowski uploaded to Instagram last September when she announced she was marrying César Sena, her former partner and one of the suspects being detained over the suspected death.
"The best anniversary gift you could have given me is to choose me as your life partner. I say yes and a thousand times YES,” read a post of Strzyzowski wearing the ring.
Among other items found among the burnt items were clothes, a pair of earrings and more pieces of jewellery, investigators said.
Strzyzowski was last seen on June 1 and her disappearance has rocked the provincial and national political landscape.
Her husband, César Sena, is being held in connection with her suspected femicide, along with Sena’s parents, Emerenciano Sena and Marcela Acuña, both of whom are powerful political players in Chaco Province.
A series of operations have been carried out over the past week as investigators attempt to find Strzyzowski or her remains.
Although investigators were quick to stress on Monday that they have not yet officially confirmed the fact, they are confident it is the ring found belonged to the missing 28-year-old.
News of the discovery emerged after members of Cecilia’s family, including her mother Gloria Romero, met with officials at the local prosecutor’s office on Sunday.
"The justice system summoned us to a meeting about what was found yesterday and there was a discussion between the plaintiff and the prosecution because of the lack of communication," said family lawyer Juan Antonio Arregin, who reported that the objects are in custody and have already begun to be analysed.
Speaking to the press on Monday, Gloria Romero said her daughter wore "a wedding ring and a wedding band that she didn't even take off to take a bath."
The family is planning to attend another march for justice in Resistencia on Monday. Her mother said their attendance is a chance to "say goodbye to her daughter" as "there is no hope of finding her alive.”