Body parts belong to teenage girl
4 July 2006, AMSTERDAM — The body parts found in a sports bag in the Persoons Harbour in Rotterdam last month were from a teenage girl, police said on Tuesday.
4 July 2006
AMSTERDAM — The body parts found in a sports bag in the Persoons Harbour in Rotterdam last month were from a teenage girl, police said on Tuesday.
Forensic tests have established the remains come from a young female, aged between 12 and 16. She was at least 1.68 metres high. The victim's identity has yet to be established.
Police have appealed for people to come forward if they saw anything suspicious on or before 20 June where the bag was found. The area is known as Steenplaat in the nautical world.
Photographs of the bag were published on Tuesday in a bid to jog the memories of potential witnesses. Police are also asking people who know of a girl missing from their neighbours to come forward.
Passers-by fished the bag from Persoons Harbour on Tuesday evening. One described seeing "flesh and blood" when he opened the bag.
There have been several occasions in recent years when dismembered body parts have been found in rivers and lakes in the Netherlands. It is thought some of the finds relate to people who have committed suicide by drowning. Their bodies can be damaged by the propellers of passing boats.
Witnesses can contact the police on the free phone number 0800-7444455. Alternatively, people can contact the anonymous crime-stoppers group Meld Misdaad Anoniem on 0800-7000.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news