Woman ‘dating well-connected man’ found hanged amid claims of a police cover-up

The grieving parents of a 21-year-old woman found hanged more than three months ago have accused police of a cover-up.

They say Aleyna Cakir was murdered after a man's skin was found under her fingernails at her apartment in Ankara, Turkey.

Her alleged boyfriend Umitcan Uygun, 22, has been linked with her death and is the son of Durak Uygun, who has been pictured with the country's minister of the interior.

Uygun has admitted going for a meal with her on the day she died on June 3 but said he left her at her apartment before going drinking with a friend.

The police have denied a political cover-up claiming investigators were still waiting for DNA evidence three months after her death.

They add that they are also trying to establish whether Uygun was in the apartment when Aleyna, also known as Sema Esen, died or not.

It comes as inconsistencies in police reports of the number of people outside her apartment before she died have been reported to prosecutors.

The first report, dated five days after the incident, said that she died at around 1.05am and two people were seen getting out of a white car and walking towards the building.

But a second filed more than three months later said that she was the only person there.

They were prepared by two officers reviewing CCTV footage and taking suspect statements.

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Aleyna's family’s lawyer Umur Yildirim said he would report the contradictions in the reports to the public prosecutor’s office.

Meanwhile Turkish media say Aleyna's roommate has reported Uygun to police after receiving threatening messages on social media and phone calls for a week.

Daily newspaper Milliyet said the unnamed witness in the investigation of Aleyna's death filed a complaint at the police station in Bursa on September 26.

During the investigation, Uygun's mother Gülay Uygun was found shot in the head in the mountainous area in Bağlum.

Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office reportedly said suicide was a "dominant" line of inquiry in her death in a statement last week.

The investigations are continuing separately.

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