Turkish police search forest, villa for Khashoggi remains

US President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House. —AFP

US President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House. —AFP

Fox Business Network became the latest media outlet to cut ties with a glitzy business conference slated to be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the disappearance of dissident columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said he expects Turkish and Saudi Arabian investigations to reveal a "complete picture" of what happened to journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as the Trump administration comes under increasing pressure to respond to the incident.

The president said the consequences for Saudi Arabia, if they are ultimately deemed culpable, "will have to be very severe".

Khashoggi's killers may have dumped his remains in Belgrad Forest adjacent to Istanbul, and at a rural location near the city of Yalova, a 90-kilometre drive south of Istanbul, the officials said.

The sudden cash windfall raised some eyebrows on Wednesday, given the ongoing investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance, but USA officials denied that the swift transfer of cash between Saudi Arabia and the United States had anything to do with Pompeo's visit to Riyadh.

During his meeting with Trump, Pompeo advised that Saudi Arabia be given some more time to complete investigation.

"We're all going to get to see the response from Saudi Arabia to this".

Turkish police are also investigating other consular vehicles that visited places in and around Istanbul immediately after the disappearance.

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"We approach them as though they're honest people dealing with us wanting to improve the lives of the people in the country they come from", he said.

Additionally, Trump said he would not make a statement on the case until several investigations into Khashoggi's disappearance have concluded.

Saudi Arabia, which denies the killing, allowed investigators inside overnight.

In Istanbul, a leaked surveillance photo showed a man who has been a member of the crown prince's entourage during trips overseas walking into the Saudi Consulate just before Mr Khashoggi vanished there.

Khashoggi had first left Saudi Arabia a year ago. "If they knew about it, that would be bad", he said during an interview on Tuesday.

Khashoggi, a longtime Saudi critic, has not been seen publicly since he walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2.

Meanwhile, several high-profile human rights groups have demanded that Turkey ask the United Nations to investigate the possible killing of Mr Khashoggi. Turkish officials have said he was murdered and dismembered within the building by Saudi agents who were waiting for him to arrive.

"Here is the head of the execution team", said Sabah's headline, and the paper then detailed Mutreb's movements on the day Khashoggi went missing.

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