A former Scout worker was arrested on Sunday in Spain in connection with the assassination of a Dutch boy who was murdered in the summer camp in the Netherlands and led to one of the country's most extensive homicide investigations.
Spanish authorities Jos Brech, 55, located in a mountainous area near the town of Castelltercol, about 50 km from Barcelona, reports AFP. Brech was arrested in the murder of 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen after a resident reported seeing the alleged killer after a press conference last week, Dutch police said.
Authorities released photos of Brech last Wednesday asking the public for help
Verstappen disappeared from his summer camp in Brunssum two decades ago and was near the next day, about half a mile from the campsite, near a Christmas tree found dead. The police found that the boy was sexually abused before he was killed.
The 35-year-old Brech was interviewed by the police at the time of the 1998 murder, but was not mentioned as a person of interest.
For years, investigators were scrutinizing details in the case, hoping to find the killer. A DNA profile in the case was developed in 2008 using samples of Verstappens clothing. But only in February, when the police asked 21,500 men to donate their DNA samples, the case came forward.
About 16,000 men volunteered to deliver DNA samples. Brech did not respond to the DNA request and put him in police custody, according to AFP.
The authorities went to Brech in the French Vosges after his family reported missing him in April. They were able to collect DNA from personal belongings left in Brech's chalet and compare them to those in Verstappen's clothing, AFP reported.
Brech is waiting in Spain for extradition to the Netherlands. He is accused of murder, sexual aggression and kidnapping.