Nicky Verstappen: Suspect held over Dutch boy’s 1998 death

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Nicky Verstappen was discovered lifeless within the forest on a summer season camp journey

Dutch police investigating the disappearance and loss of life of schoolboy Nicky Verstappen in 1998 say their prime suspect has been arrested in Spain.

Jos Brech was recognized as a suspect after the Netherlands’ largest ever DNA harvesting operation, which included his kin.

It gave police an important clue linking him to DNA on Nicky Verstappen’s garments.

Extradition proceedings for the previous scout grasp are underneath approach.

“Jos B, 55, a suspect within the loss of life of Nicky Verstappen was arrested in Spain on Sunday afternoon. He was taken into custody and might be handed over to the Netherlands,” mentioned a press release from police in Limburg, the southern Dutch province the place the boy disappeared.

The arrest follows a public attraction final week, throughout which detectives shared images of the suspect. A witness acknowledged the person within the pictures and despatched a tip-off to police.

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Jos Brech is seen right here in police handout pictures

Nicky, then aged 11, was at a summer season camp in August 1998 when he vanished from his tent. His physique was found within the forest the next day.

Jos Brech, who lived close by, disappeared earlier this 12 months, following the most important DNA testing challenge ever within the Netherlands.

One of many solely items of proof within the case was international DNA found on Nicky’s clothes.

Greater than 14,000 males voluntarily gave DNA samples to the investigation – none of whom have been suspects.

However by evaluating the samples, it could possibly be decided if a relative of the donor was a match, narrowing the search.

Mr Brech didn’t take part within the name for voluntary DNA samples, Dutch broadcaster NOS reported.

He was recorded as having handed the scene of the crime again in 1998, NOS mentioned, strolling by a couple of days later shortly after midnight. He was stopped by police and later interviewed, however had been considered an harmless passer-by.

After he was reported lacking in April this 12 months, police inspecting his dwelling found he’s a 100% match for the DNA discovered on Nicky’s physique.

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