Turkish investigators have found traces of hydrofluoric acid and other chemicals in a well in the home of the Saudi Consul General in Istanbul, a source said in the Turkish Prosecutor General Al Jazeera.

The discovery took place about six weeks after the disappearance of the journalist and Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi from the Saudi consulate. It is believed that he has since been murdered, despite early allegations by Saudi authorities that he left the building undamaged. At the end of October, these authorities admitted that he had been killed. Earlier this month, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly repeated earlier promises to find out who was responsible for Khashoggi's death and to punish them.

Turkish investigators attempted to gain access to the Consul's garden and well shaft only in mid-October, but were denied permission. However, they took "short" samples from the well shaft, reported the Qatari news agency, which now shows evidence of hydrofluoric acid and other chemicals. Samples from the sewage and drainage system in the area showed signs of the same substances.

The whereabouts of Khashoggi's remains has been a constant issue in recent weeks. On Friday (November 2), an employee of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he believed his body had been acidified after dismemberment "to make it easier to disperse its remains," he said. "Now we see that they have not only dismembered his body, but have also evaporated."

Although this last revelation may seem like another smoking weapon, the rest of the world's diplomatic action was minimal for Khashoggi's death. Yesterday (November 7), Donald Trump said he (paywall) formulated a "very strong opinion" about what had happened – though he did not tell exactly what that opinion might be.


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