Hopes for miracle in case of missing girls
16 June 2006, BRUSSELS — Still hoping for a miracle, Belgium was waiting on Friday for any trace of the missing girls Stacy and Nathalie as police placed the only suspect under renewed interrogation.
16 June 2006
BRUSSELS — Still hoping for a miracle, Belgium was waiting on Friday for any trace of the missing girls Stacy and Nathalie as police placed the only suspect under renewed interrogation.
Police started interrogating Abdallah Ait-Oud again at about 11am on Friday. The convicted child sex offender reported to police on Tuesday, but continues to deny any link to the disappearance of the two step-sisters.
Authorities have also been given videotapes made by Liège residents during the street party early on the morning of 9 June. The tapes were being copied in the federal police laboratory on Friday.
The footage shows Ait-Oud at the street fair, which was also attended by the parents of the missing girls. The suspect has previously admitted to police he was at the street party.
Police were also searching the Mass River again on Friday. Since Wednesday, 15 submerged vehicles have been lifted out of the water, but none of them has been linked back to the case.
A search was being conducted in the caves of Vivegnis. Several potholers from the Disaster Victim Identification team were involved in the search.
The caves — old stone quarries a couple of hundred meters in length and less than a metre high — are in the Rue des Vignes in Liège. A small chamber is located in one of the caves. The search is proving difficult given the risk of cave-ins.
The chief of the federal police's missing persons unit, Alain Remue, said the search of the caves was part of the planned investigation and was not linked to any statements made to police.
The disappearance of the two girls has sent a chilly reminder across Belgium of infamous paedophile Marc Dutroux. Two of his victims disappeared from Liège some 10 years ago.
Police have searched the house of Ait-Oud several times, looking for hidden chambers, similar to those used by Dutroux, who hid his victims in a secret dungeon.
While authorities still hope to find the girls alive, hopes of rescuing them safe and well are fading with every day.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news