Three dead in family tragedy

7th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

7 March 2007, AMSTERDAM - The police found the bodies of a mother and two sons, aged 9 and 11, in a home in the town of Hengelo in Gelderland on Tuesday morning. The father was brought to the hospital with serious injuries but is not in any danger.

7 March 2007

AMSTERDAM - The police found the bodies of a mother and two sons, aged 9 and 11, in a home in the town of Hengelo in Gelderland on Tuesday morning. The father was brought to the hospital with serious injuries but is not in any danger.

The man has been officially arrested but not yet questioned. The police have not found any indication that the victims were killed "in a very violent manner." No weapon has been found. "Something" was left behind in the home, but the police do not want to confirm or deny whether it is a farewell letter.

The director of primary school Rozengaardsweide in Hengelo sounded the alarm when the two boys failed to turn up for school for the second day in a row. They were in groups 5 and 8. Nor had the father, employed at a furniture factory, and the mother, a nurse, turned up for work. The school director and employers called the police.

The street on which the home is located was closed off and the technical investigation was carried out on Tuesday afternoon. The police questioned neighbourhood residents and counselling is being provided.

The family had lived in the home for 16 years and was regarded in the village as "normal." Social services did not have any record of problems in the family, say the police. The boys always used to play outside, said a neighbour.

Mayor Aalderink of the Bronckhorst municipality said that the small community in Hengelo is "extremely shocked."

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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