Çapkın, who was recently appointed head of İstanbul's police forces, commented in the wake of questions from the parliamentary Human Rights Commission regarding the case. In a telephone conversation with commission member Malik Özdemir of the Republican People's Party (CHP), Çapkın said that Cem Garipoğlu -- the main suspect in the torture and murder of his 18-year-old girlfriend, Münevver Karabulut, whose decapitated body was found inside a dumpster in İstanbul in early March -- is probably no longer in Turkey. Authorities have been searching unsuccessfully for Garipoğlu for nearly five months. “There's a large possibility that he is out of the country. If he was still in Turkey, the police would be more easily able to find him from leads,” Çapkın said.
Speculation has abounded since the murder that the wealthy and well-connected young Garipoğlu -- the son and nephew of influential businessmen -- fled the country after the murder, possibly to Russia. In early May, an Interpol red notice, which signifies that the person is wanted for arrest and extradition, was posted for Garipoğlu, followed by Interpol blue notices, which signify that a person is wanted for information they may be able to provide pursuant to a criminal investigation, later that month for his mother, sister and brother, who all live in Russia.
News reports over the weekend revealed that among the evidence collected by police in their crime scene investigation of the Bahçeşehir villa where the Garipoğlu family lived and the murder was allegedly committed was a fake identification card bearing Cem Garipoğlu's name but a fake birth date.
Garipoğlu was born Oct. 20, 1991, but the fake ID police found had his birth date listed as Jan. 29, 1990. The ID was sent to the criminal lab for processing, where it was determined to be a well-made fake, “the work of a professional,” according to news reports. The quality of the fake identification has increased speculation over whether Garipoğlu may have fled the country using another fake ID, therefore escaping the notice of border security, which was on alert for his arrival only hours after the murder was committed.