May 10, 2023 at 7:56 am
The police have launched a campaign together with the international police agency Interpol to find out the identities of 22 murdered women. These are gruesome cases, in which the bodies of the women are often severely mutilated. The list of victims includes nine Dutch cases.
Most cases take place between 1990 and 2010, but the most recent is a Belgian case from 2019. According to the police, it has been established in almost all cases that the victims were killed by violence. “Who they are, where they come from and why they were left behind in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands is unknown,” the police said.
In September 1992, for example, a suitcase was found in Amsterdam containing the torso of a woman. Two hands and two lower legs of her are also found in the water. The head was never found. The other Dutch cases include the Heul girl from Maarsbergen (1976) and the girl from Teteringen (1990).
“Each of the twenty-two cases is tragic and heartbreaking,” say initiators Carina van Leeuwen and Martin de Wit of the Dutch police. “The victims were often violently killed. We know that some of them were abused or starved to death in the period before their death.”
Victims buried in nameless graves
An overview of all cases has been available on Interpol’s website since Wednesday. An overview of the useful information has been made for each case. The list also includes facial reconstructions, videos and photos of jewelry and clothing belonging to the murdered women. In addition, all leads, such as the estimated age, hair color, eye color and other body characteristics, have been mapped out.
According to the police, partly because the women presumably come from other countries than where they were found, it has never been possible to determine their identity. They may have been deliberately left here to frustrate the police investigation, the police think.
The victims are buried in nameless graves. “But there must be people in the world who miss the victims, mostly young women and girls. Family members, friends or other acquaintances,” says Van Leeuwen.