Suspicious letter over missing girls
29 June 2006, BRUSSELS — Dutch newspaper 'De Telegraaf' received an anonymous letter on Wednesday containing detailed information about the area where the bodies of two missing Belgian step-sisters were found.
29 June 2006
BRUSSELS — Dutch newspaper 'De Telegraaf' received an anonymous letter on Wednesday containing detailed information about the area where the bodies of two missing Belgian step-sisters were found.
The envelope contained two maps, with a hand-written note: "Probable location Stacy + Nathalie". A cross marks the spot on the maps where the girls were predicted to be found.
Despite the fact the girls were found 2km further away along a nearby railway, the newspaper said the letter implies that the sender was the killer or was aware of what the killer or killers had done.
The newspaper has handed the letter — which was posted in Rotterdam on Tuesday — over to Amsterdam police. Belgian federal police have asked their Amsterdam colleagues to send the envelope and letter to Liège with priority.
Step-sisters Stacy, 7, and Nathalie, 10, disappeared from a Liège street party on the night of 9 June. Their bodies were found in an underground sewer on Wednesday.
While the official results of an autopsy are not yet known, it is suspected the girls were strangled. The initial indications are that Nathalie was sexually abused: her jeans were rolled down to her knees and her pants pushed to one side.
Belgian police are currently holding on remand a suspect identified as 38-year-old Abdallah Ait Out. He is a convicted child sex offender and was seen in the area the night the girls disappeared.
The case has sent chilly reminders across Belgium of infamous paedophile and child killer Marc Dutroux. Two of his victims also disappeared from Liège a decade ago.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news + Belgian news