Dutch foster mother, son arrested for girl's disappearance

7th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Dutch police arrested the foster mother and brother Monday of a 15-year-old Dutch girl who disappeared 18 years ago, prosecutors announced.

"I can tell you that two suspects were arrested this morning" in the disappearance of Willeke Dost -- a 66-year-old woman and a man, 38, prosecutor Monte van Capelle said in a statement.

"It concerns the woman who was Willeke's foster mother at the time, and her son who was then living at home. They are suspected of involvement in the disappearance of Willeke."

The pair would appear before a Dutch court within three days to determine whether they should be held in custody pending further investigation.

Investigators will search the suspects' homes in the coming days using hi-tech machines for traces of the disappeared girl, said Gerda Dijksman, a police chief for Drenthe in the eastern Netherlands.

"The possibility cannot be excluded that the body of Willeke Dost is buried on the farm" where she had lived with her foster mother and foster brother in the town of Koekange in Drenthe province until she disappeared in the night of January 14 to 15, 1992.

The investigation was reopened last year, and new witnesses questioned, police said.

© 2010 AFP

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