Kılıç's body was found by an old marble refinery near the village. An autopsy revealed that she had died three days before the gruesome discovery, and while there were no signs of sexual assault, she had an 18-centimeter cut across her neck.
The prosecution charges in its indictment that the murder was an honor killing and that pressures related to the woman's interactions with men in the conservative village had led her male relatives to kill her. The prosecution examined the woman's cell phone records and found that her last call was to her boyfriend, H.K. He told the prosecution that the day Kılıç supposedly got “lost,” she had called him. “Her voice seemed very tense. She said she was at home -- it was as if she was afraid someone would see her talking on the phone. She was in a hurry, she suggested we elope and said ‘otherwise they'll kill me.' I didn't believe what she said, so I didn't accept her proposal,” H.K. told prosecutors. Investigators extracted male DNA from a cigarette butt found near the woman's body but have not been able to find evidence incontestably linking her relatives to her death, such as the murder weapon.