After being interrogated by police, S.A. confessed to murdering the girl. He said he committed the murder as revenge for Gizem's father not allowing him to marry one of Gizem's older sisters. The suspect told police he first stabbed the girl and then burned her.
The girl's body was found on a hill. Umut Zambak, 9, went missing last Friday in Akhisar, a district of the western city of Manisa.