Today was a very sad day for me to discover that Denise Theim, a 41 year old hiker on the Camino France’s, was identified by her DNA and a 39 year old Spanish farmer has been arrested. Apparently he was known for harassing women on the trail. He even changed arrows to parallel the trail which led to his farm.
It has been reported that he had been a suspect from the beginning after he exchanged $1000 for euros. He was 100km from his farm when he was arrested. With thousands walking the trails each year, people interviewed in the area were shocked that such a terrible deed was committed close to them.
So many people were on the lookout for Denise and according to her family and friends she loved to travel and kept in touch wherever she was. Fellow Camino walkers met her and told stories of their interactions.
My condolences and prayers go out to Denise’s family and friends.