Police exhume Katrien's body 15 years on

21st September 2006, Comments 0 comments

21 September 2006, BRUSSELS — The Antwerp public prosecution office exhumed in Brasschaat on Thursday the body of murder victim Katrien De Cuyper.

21 September 2006

BRUSSELS — The Antwerp public prosecution office exhumed in Brasschaat on Thursday the body of murder victim Katrien De Cuyper.

The 15-year-old girl disappeared in 1991 and her body was found six months later in undeveloped terrain near the Tijsmans Tunnel in Antwerp.

Some 15 years later, police arrested in the summer Katrien's suspected killer, Karl V. R., of Kessel.

It is hoped that forensics techniques will discover evidence left on Katrien's body that police had been unable to find at the time her body was discovered.

Forensics techniques were not as advanced 15 years ago as they are today.
  
The exhumation was part of investigations into the 36-year-old suspect.

The man is suspected of involvement in the girl's murder and was arrested in August. He denies any involvement in the crime.

DNA evidence has revealed that he sent three anonymous letters about the case to magazine 'Blik' in the period after Katrien's body was found.

In the letters, he described in detail how he had given the girl a ride on the night she disappeared.

But he now claims that the letters were made up and that he only wrote them to make himself more interesting.

Katrien's family was informed about the exhumation, but was not given any other details.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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