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 missing Belgian step-sisters Stacy and Nathalie 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 missing Belgian step-sisters Stacy and Nathalie 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/s 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. Nathalie might also have been sexually abused.
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