Girl's body set alight after killing
20 November 2003, AMSTERDAM — Police have launched a major investigation in the eastern city of Nijmegen after the burning body of a 16-year-old girl was dumped in waste ground there on Monday night.
20 November 2003
AMSTERDAM — Police have launched a major investigation in the eastern city of Nijmegen after the burning body of a 16-year-old girl was dumped in waste ground there on Monday night.
An autopsy indicated that the girl — who was reported missing shortly after her mysterious disappearance on Monday — died before her body was set alight. Police have not yet confirmed the cause of death, an NOS news report said.
Police revealed the victim's identity on Wednesday night and the Nijmegen school, the Dominicus College, reacted with shock to the news. Advisors gathered the students together at the start of lessons on Thursday to break the news in a controlled way.
A classroom has been set aside to allow pupils to mourn in private and the school has also employed professional social workers to support the students. It will hold a special remembrance ceremony for the victim's fellow fourth-year students on Sunday.
The girl was chatting with friends on Monday night when she reportedly told them she had to disappear for a moment. But she never returned and her parents reported her missing. Police have not confirmed these reports.
Several hours later motorists saw flames in Defensiedijk, a polder (area of reclaimed ground) near the village of Bemmel. Upon inspection just after midnight, the passers-by saw the burning body and the police were alerted.
It is not yet clear how the girl got to the Defensiedijk, which is almost 10km from her home. A team of 20 police officers have been assigned to the case and statements have been taken from the girl's friends.
[Copyright Expatica News 2003]
Subject: Dutch news