Initial DNA tests give negative results
21 June 2006, BRUSSELS — Continued searches for missing girls Stacy and Nathalie have yielded no result and initial DNA tests on clothes and possessions of the only suspect have proven negative.
21 June 2006
BRUSSELS — Continued searches for missing girls Stacy and Nathalie have yielded no result and initial DNA tests on clothes and possessions of the only suspect have proven negative.
Police completed their search of the fort La Chartreuse on Tuesday night, but the multiple day search effort failed to find any trace of the girls.
In the past week, 37 vehicles have been hauled out of the Maas River, but none of them has been linked back to the missing step-sisters.
Several more cars will be lifted out of the river on Wednesday after divers located them on Tuesday.
Police were also searching on Tuesday in the judicial district Boverie, in Burenville, in Cheratte and along the wharf of the Coronmeuse. No trace of the girls was found.
And the first results of the DNA tests on the clothes and possessions of the suspect, Abdallah Ait Oud, have yielded nothing suspicious.
But the Liège attorney-general, Cédric Visart de Bocarmé, said a DNA analysis is a complex process and that only the initial, partial results are known.
"Up until now, the lab could not report anything of interest for the investigation, but the analysis will continue," the attorney-general said.
There is therefore no concrete element that can assist the investigation.
The chief of the federal police's missing persons unit, Alain Remue, said the large-scale searches have now been called off, but stressed that the number of people working on the case will remain the same.
Police and prosecution officials cannot rule out any possibility.
Theories about the disappearance of the girls range from the idea they ran away from home, have been kidnapped by a family member or friend or by an unknown person.
Police have still a lot of work to do, especially relating to the exact timeframe of events on the night they disappeared. Even the time that the girls vanished is not 100 percent certain.
However, inquiries into a suspicious mobile phone message Nathalie's mother received has indicated it was probably a prank.
Catherine Dizier was again questioned by police on Monday night after she voluntarily offered to provide more information following the statement she gave on Sunday.
The public prosecution office said the identity of the person who sent the text message sender is still being investigated.
The father of Stacy, Thierry Lemmens, was also questioned on Monday as justice authorities try to determine the events that took place on the night of 9 June, the night the girls disappeared.
The public prosecution office has stressed the parents are being questioned as witnesses and not as suspects.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news