Annick's bike yields no clues

16th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 August 2007, BRUSSELS – The forensic examination of the recovered bicycle of murdered teenager Annick Van Uytsel (18) from Diest has not yielded any clues.

16 August 2007

BRUSSELS – The forensic examination of the recovered bicycle of murdered teenager Annick Van Uytsel (18) from Diest has not yielded any clues.

"Nothing was discovered about where the bicycle has been, nor about anyone who might have ridden it," says Patrick Vits of the public prosecution department in Leuven.

The bicycle was spotted in front of a Leuven apartment building on 26 July and later identified by Annick's father. Cobwebs on the wheels suggest that the bicycle had stood there for several weeks untouched.

Bits of algae were found on the spokes and there was dried mud on the tires, but laboratory researchers were unable to trace where the bicycle had been. Who was riding around Leuven on the bike remains a mystery. The bicycle was probably dumped in the water at some point, erasing any finger prints and DNA traces.

On 31 August Leuven authorities called on any witnesses that saw the bike to come forward. Some 30 tips came in but none led to any breakthrough. "There is no one at the moment who has said that he has used the bicycle. That person may be afraid to come forward, but there is no need to be: he could help the investigation," authorities said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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