Friday, May 31, 2013

Spain: Update--Murders of Ingrid Visser, Lodewijk Severein in Murcia

According to EFE, and as a follow-up on my various postings of late on this case, the investigation into the disappearance and death of Dutch volleyball star Ingrid Visser, 35, and her boyfriend, Lodewijk Severein, 57, has entered a new phase, now focused on reviewing the evidence gathered and connecting the dots between the various statements of the accused.

For those reading this posting for the first time, I suggest you read my earlier postings first for sequential background.

As has been reported earlier, evidence suggests that Visser and her boyfriend, Lodewijk Severein, were brutally tortured over a period of days, murdered and dismembered by Juan Cuenca Lorente, 36, and two Romanian hit men he had hired, Ion Valentin, 59, and Constantin Stan, 47, all of whom are in police custody, pending judicial appearances.

Police have also gathers considerable documentary and forensic evidence from the homes of the accused. The remains of the Dutch couple were found by police on May 27.

COMMENT: Given the condition of the remains of the couple, forensic analysis will be detailed in every respect, which may take a few more days to complete.

In a statement to EFE, Miriam Van de Velde, spokeswoman for the families of Visser and Severein, have reportedly been very displeased with the Spanish media releasing information concerning the fact that Ms. Visser was reportedly pregnant.

Nevertheless, after next-of-kin have been notified by authorities, rarely does the media seek clearance from families before going to press.

It should be noted that the media earlier had factually reported that Visser and Severein had an appointment with a fertility physician that they missed because of their confrontation with Lorente, Valentin and Stan on the outskirts of Murcia.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.