Updated | Daphne Caruana Galizia’s laptop recovered from car wreckage

A laptop that could prove crucial to the investigation has been recovered from the wreckage of the car that exploded with Daphne Caruana Galizia inside as FBI investigators land in Malta

The wreckage of the car, Daphne Caruana Galizia was driving
The wreckage of the car, Daphne Caruana Galizia was driving

A laptop has been recovered from the wreckage of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s bombed car, MaltaToday has learned.

The personal computer was damaged and it remains unclear whether data stored on the device could be retrieved, sources privy to the investigation said.

Information from the device could help investigators understand whether the journalist’s elimination was linked to any story she may have written in the past or which she may have been working on.

Forensic experts have continued combing the area where the explosion happened in a bid to find clues that can help them piece together the last moments before the blast.

Caruana Galizia had just left her house and was driving down Bidnija hill in a white Peugeot 108 when the car bomb exploded. An eyewitness said he heard two explosions in succession with the last one turning the car into a ball of fire.

Meanwhile, the remains of Caruana Galizia were removed from the area on Tuesday night on orders from the inquiring magistrate and the autopsy is expected to happen on Thursday.

Dutch forensic experts, who arrived in Malta on Tuesday, are helping the Maltese police on the crime scene.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said this evening that agents from the American Federal Bureau of Investigation had landed in Malta and would be helping out with technical expertise to pinpoint the location of mobile phones that may be of interest to the investigation.

Sources told MaltaToday earlier the FBI would not be involved on the crime scene. “The FBI agents are likely to provide technical assistance such as analysing electronic equipment,” the sources said.