Youths arrested over Maja's death
21 November 2003 , AMSTERDAM — Police have reportedly arrested several suspects over the death of 16-year-old Maja Braderic, whose dumped corpse was found burning near the eastern city of Nijmegen.
21 November 2003
AMSTERDAM — Police have reportedly arrested several suspects over the death of 16-year-old Maja Braderic, whose dumped corpse was found burning near the eastern city of Nijmegen.
Sources close to the investigation said the arrested suspects are about the same age as the secondary school victim and the Dominicus College in Nijmegen was buzzing on Friday with rumors about the possible culprits and arrested suspects, nu.nl reported.
Police have been tight-lipped so far about their inquiries, but took testimony from the victim's friends on Friday. The cause of death has not been released, but it was previously reported that an autopsy had indicated the girl was dead before her body was set alight.
Passing motorists found Maja's burning body in a polder (reclaimed land) near the village of Bemmel shortly after midnight on Monday. She was reportedly last seen saying to friends she had to go away for a moment.
The Dutch Forensics Institute (NFI) in Rijswijk, near The Hague, identified the victim on Wednesday night and the Dominicus College informed students about her death on Thursday morning.
Maja's parents reported her missing on Monday night. The teenager had previously been chatting on the internet, after which she visited friends. The victim later phoned her mother and said she was going to visit other friends.
Her mother told her to make sure she was brought home by car because she did not want her alone on the streets at night, but Maja never returned home.
Police have focused their inquiries since Wednesday night among friends and acquaintances of Maja and have taken testimony from a large number of classmates and same-age teens. Some of them have alleged she had a secret appointment, but police have not confirmed this.
Authorities have also seized the girl's computer, but it is not yet certain how the police tracked down the arrested suspects.
It is not yet known when the Nijmegen teenager will be buried, but her school will hold a remembrance ceremony for classmates, teachers and parents on Sunday
A condolence register has been set up on the internet for the pre-university secondary education VWO fourth-year student and messages from across the nation have already been submitted, newspaper De Volkskrant reported.
Teachers from other schools have offered support to colleagues at the Dominicus College and school friends have set up an altar for mourners to use at youth centre De Boerderij in the Nijmegen suburb of Meijhorst. Maja was often seen at the youth centre.
[Copyright Expatica News 2003]
Subject: Dutch news