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Lorna Lim Varona, 51, was found by Sharjah police in a bag in her car a week after she was reported missing.
Lorna Lim Varona, 51, was found by Sharjah police in a bag in her car a week after she was reported missing.

Family friend arrested on suspicion of UAE businesswoman murder

Sharjah Police found the body of Lorna Lim Varona, a 51-year-old Filipina, stuffed inside a bag in her car a week after she was reported missing.

DUBAI // Police have arrested a suspect in the murder of businesswoman Lorna Lim Varona, whose body was found on Friday stuffed in a bag in her car.

Mrs Varona's family reported her missing a week ago and police found the 51-year-old's car and body in an industrial area of Sharjah on Friday. She had been stabbed at least six times.

A family friend was arrested yesterday on suspicion of her murder, said a spokesman for Sharjah Police.

Police were alerted by residents to a car that had been parked in the area for a long time. Mrs Varona's body was discovered when police searched it.

A forensic team and CID officials were sent to the scene to collect evidence, including fingerprints. Her body was taken to the police forensic laboratory upon the orders of the public prosecutor.

"After collecting all the information, our investigation rounded on one male friend of the same nationality," said a police spokesman.

Mrs Varona launched Karama's Capricorn Bakery in 1987 and sold it in 2004. At the time of her death, she owned four businesses, including a tourism company, a typing office, a general trading company and Capricorn Star Building Cleaning and Technical Services.

Her husband, Pablo Varona, has worked for McDermott in Dubai for more than 30 years.

"It has been exactly a week since she went missing," said Jun Tupas, a quality assurance manager at McDermott and a colleague of Mr Varona's. "I've known Lorna for a very long time. She's beautiful, charming and a very good businesswoman.

"We deeply sympathise with the loss of a dear friend. We will offer prayers for the comfort of the family."

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