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Belgian bid to identify nameless corpses

Published on 26/07/2004

26 July 2004

BRUSSELS – Belgian’s federal police have set up a new unit tasked with putting names to around 130 bodies found but never identified during the past decade, it was reported on Monday.

Flemish newspaper Het Laatste Niews said most of the nameless bodies were either discovered in isolated areas including land next to motorways or woodland, or were recovered from the country’s lakes and rivers.

Many of the dead were victims of murders or acts of revenge, the police said.

Others died of natural causes, but their deaths were never reported.

The oldest bodies on the police files were discovered in 1994, although some of them belonged to people who died before that date, Het Laatste Niews said.

[Copyright Expatica 2004]

Subject: Belgian news