New DNA analysis relates 55 -year-old man to assassination of Dutch schoolboy Nicky Verstappen
A Europe-wide manhunt is under way for the suspicious executioner of an 11 -year-old Dutch schoolboy on a campsite 20 years ago this month, after “the worlds largest” Dna experimenting program in the Netherlands’ history finally made a 100% match.
In the latest twist to a cold suit that has gripped the two countries since 1998, police in the south metropoli of Maastricht said on Thursday that more than 200 people had called in following an appeal for tips-off about the possible whereabouts of Jos Brech, 55, a former scout and playgroup worker.
” A plenty of people are calling ,” said police commissioner Ingrid Schafer-Poels on Thursday.” We are now persuaded the suppose has gone into hiding .”
Described as a survival specialist had been able to tolerating long periods alone in the wild, Brech was last known to be in the mountainous Vosges region of eastern France, where he has a cabin, and has been placed on Europol’s list of the continent’s most wanted fugitives.
The body of Nicky Verstappen, who had been sexually assaulted before he was killed, was found on 11 August 1998 in woodland a few kilometres from the youth camp in Limburg province, where he had been reported missing the previous day.
Despite an intensive and heavily publicised manhunt at the time , no apprehend was ever established. But in May last year, exploiting new DNA analysis techniques, police launched an appeal to more than 20,000 humankinds in the region to provide samples.
Nearly 15,000- although not Brech- came forward, but none of the tests matched the profile assembled in 2008 from DNA recovered from Nicky’s body at the time of his death, detective Ferdinand Schellinkhout told Dutch media.
Brech, who in 1998 lived with his mother 13 km( eight miles) from the campsite, was questioned three times during the inquiry- the first occasion only two days after the murder, when he was stopped by police while ambling near the panorama after midnight.
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