Panamanian murder suspect may have forged Dutch passport

27th July 2010, Comments 0 comments


A man in Panama suspected of killing four people may have forged a Dutch passport.

Dutch Ambassador to Panama Matthijs van Bonzel has told Radio Netherlands Worldwide the man probably does not hold Dutch nationality. The suspect, William Adolfo Córtez-Reese, a.k.a. 'Wild Bill', and his wife Jane have been on the run for several days. Police have found a Dutch passport in Cortez’ name in their house. A photocopy of the document, which was issue in Antigua, has been published in Panamanian media.

Irregularities Mr Van Bonzel says: “We have seen a photograph of the passport on the internet and as far as we can tell it’s a forgery. We can tell from a number of details that this is not a normal passport, it includes irregularities. So we are investigating were it was issued, on what conditions, and to who. The investigation will tell us whether we will be able to assist the Panamanian police in their inquiries.”

The ambassador is not worried that after the commotion about Joran van der Sloot another Dutchman will make international headlines as a serial killer. He is convinced ‘Wild Bill’ is not Dutch. “It is almost certainly a forged passport, so for the time being I’m assuming he is not Dutch but somebody carrying a phoney Dutch passport. How he managed to obtain it is a matter for further investigation.”

Missing couple Mr Van Bonzel says William Adolfo Córtez-Reese may have forged one of the passports of a Dutch couple that went missing in Panama in 2008. The body of a US woman has been discovered in the yard of the suspect’s home, as well as unidentified mortal remains. The ambassador says the remains are in an advanced state of decomposition and it is therefore not clear whether they belong to the missing Dutch couple.



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