The body of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was "dissolved" after he was murdered and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul a month ago, an advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday.
The case has provoked global condemnation, but one month after Khashoggi was killed, the joint Turkish and Saudi probe has made little progress and many questions remain unanswered.
That's according to the official statement from Istanbul's chief prosecutor.
"They aimed to ensure no sign of the body was left".
But he said his government would keep asking other questions "the Saudi authorities have refused to answer", such as the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body and who ordered his assassination.
Saudi officials initially insisted Mr Khashoggi has left the consulate, but later said he had died in an unplanned "rogue operation".
But he pointedly failed to absolve Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of responsibility for unleashing a "death squad" against the outspoken Saudi journalist whose death has badly tainted the kingdom's de facto ruler.
On Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that it will probably take "weeks" before the U.S. administration gathers enough information about the perpetrators to decide on its response.
Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi's fiancee had said she was "extremely disappointed" with U.S. response.
Unnamed Turkish official who listened to an audio tape that apparently recorded the torture had revelled that Kasogi's body was cut into pieces after he was killed on October 2.
Trump has condemned Khashoggi's killing in strong terms but has also defended US arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which is the biggest foreign customer for American weaponry.
There have also been reports - citing an unnamed Saudi official - that the team handed the body over to a local Turkish collaborator, who then disposed of it.
He added: "The chief prosecutor is not trying to shed light on the murder, he is trying to save the crown prince". His invitation for Turkish investigators to Saudi Arabia for more talks about the case felt like a desperate and deliberate stalling tactic.
Cengiz urged Trump to support Turkey's request for Saudi Arabia to extradite those it has detained in connection with the killing of the 59-year-old columnist for The Washington Post. She contended that the Trump administration has "taken a position that is devoid of moral foundation" because of fears of "upsetting deals or economic ties".
The story is all too familiar: Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and a family man, entered Saudi Arabia's Consulate in Istanbul on October 2 for marriage formalities.
Other members included Johnnie Moore; author Joel Rosenberg; former USA congresswoman Michele Bachmann; Jerry A. Johnson of the National Religious Broadcasters; Michael Little, formerly of the Christian Broadcasting Network; writer Mike Evans; New Mexico pastor Skip Heitzig; and former NRB CEO Wayne Pederson.