Missing case checked against R'dam find

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22 June 2006, AMSTERDAM — Police in Rotterdam are trying to establish whether the gruesome discovery in a harbour in Rotterdam is linked to the disappearance of two men.

22 June 2006

AMSTERDAM — Police in Rotterdam are trying to establish whether the gruesome discovery in a harbour in Rotterdam is linked to the disappearance of two men.

A police spokesperson emphasised this is a routine DNA check and not based on information of any link between the dismembered torso and the two men.

The pair, aged 19 and 23, vanished in May on the night they broke into an illegal cannabis-growing operation in the city of Venray in Limburg province. Traces of blood found at the scene have led to fears the men were murdered but no trace has been found of them.

Officers searched a campsite at the town of Arcen earlier in the week but it was called off without result after several days.

Passers-by fished a bag from the 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 many of the finds relate to people who have committed suicide by drowning. Their bodies can be damaged by the propellers of passing boats.

But body parts have been found wrapped in plastic on more than one occasion, suggesting the victim or victims were murdered. The most famous case was that of the 'meisje van Nulde' (the girl from Nulde). Rowena Rikkers, 4, died following repeated abuse by her mother and her mother's partner.

Her limbless torso washed up at Nulde in August 2001. A hand and head were also found. Her identity remained a mystery until a model of her head assisted in identifying her in December 2001. Police arrested her mother and step-father in Spain and they were later jailed.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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