Breakthrough 'close' in search for missing tourist

16th January 2004, Comments 0 comments

16 January 2004 , AMSTERDAM — South African police said on Friday that they are expecting a breakthrough "at any moment" in the case of missing 24-year-old Dutch tourist Marleen Konings, who disappeared at the end of last month.

16 January 2004

AMSTERDAM — South African police said on Friday that they are expecting a breakthrough "at any moment" in the case of missing 24-year-old Dutch tourist Marleen Konings, who disappeared at the end of last month.

South African media has reported that police arrested a man on Wednesday on suspicion of involvement in the woman's disappearance. The man — who allegedly used Konings' credit card and mobile phone SIM card — remains in detention.
 
The detainee is believed to be the South African man seen with Konings at the end of December. The Dutch student allegedly offered a ride to the man and police spread a composite description of the suspect on Sunday, news agency ANP reported.
 
Passers-by have found some of Konings' baggage containing documents and personal items. Police also found her towel and pants in a nearby ravine, while the woman's rental car was discovered abandoned on Tuesday about 200km away from where she was last seen.

Fearing for her safety, the Foreign Affairs Ministry in The Hague ordered two detectives of the national police force KLPD to join the investigation this week. The two officers arrived in South Africa on Wednesday.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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