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The suspect Jos Brech was arrested in Spain



On Sunday, after one of the most extensive homicide investigations in the Netherlands, an embezzlement of the brutal murder of a young Dutch boy was arrested in Spain in 1998

Nicky Verstappen, 11, disappeared during a night camp on the night of August 9, 1998 during a summer camp Brunssumerheide nature reserve near the German border

His body was found near the campsite the next evening. He had been sexually abused before he was killed.

A police statement said that the main suspect Jos Brech had been arrested in Spain and released to the Netherlands.

"Jos B, 55, a suspect in Nicky Verstappen's death was arrested on Sunday afternoon in Spain," reads a statement by police in Limburg, the southern district where the boy disappeared.

"He was arrested and taken to the Netherlands."

Jos Brech, a former Boy Scout who is considered a survival expert, was reported missing in April and the police had thought he was hiding in France's mountainous eastern Vosges where he owns a chalet.

Mr. Brech was arrested "thanks to a witness who recognized him after seeing his image in the media in recent days," the investigators added, acclaiming "good cooperation" with the Spanish police.

"We have him! Jos Brech was arrested in Spain near Barcelona!" Journalist Peter R. de Vries, spokesman for the dead boy's family, called out on Twitter.

"The family is greatly relieved, justice will be accomplished!"

The police at the time of the murder went on a massive search, closely followed by local media and the Dutch public, but the murderer of the 1

1-year-old Boys were never found.

One Investigator Probably Nicky was the same person behind the disappearance of British Maddie McCann, who disappeared from her family's hotel room in 2007 during a Portugal holiday at the age of three

The former suspect Martin Ney, a German child murderer was linked to Madeleine McCann's case when police questioned him in 2011.

Maddie's parents, Kate and Gerry, believe that Ney was acting suspiciously near the spot from which she disappeared in 2007.

Earlier this year, police appealed to more than 20,000 men to donate DNA samples to get close to the culprit.

The police said new digital technology helped them develop a DNA profile in 2008, with traces of Nicky Verstappen's clothing, but there was no consensus. [19659003] However, Brech, who was 35 at the time of the murder, was not among the volunteers, but when he was previously interviewed as a witness, the police became suspicious.

When his family reported him missing, Dutch and French police raided his hut in the Vosges Mountains

"We found traces of DNA in his personal belongings, it was a match," Chief Prosecutor Jan Eland claimed last week The Dutch police announced they had identified a suspect.

Europe-wide arrest warrant was issued on June 12.


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