Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Spain: Volleyball Star Ingrid Visser, 35, Partner, 57, Murdered in Murcia Over Business Dispute

According to the BBC, on May 26, Spanish police found the bodies of Dutch volleyball star Ingrid Visser, 35, and her boyfriend, Lodewijk Severein, 57, following the arrest in Valencia of Juan Cuenca Lorente, 36, former director of Murcia's volleyball team, for which Ms. Visser played during 2009-2011.  

Two other suspects in the case, both Romanian citizens, were also arrested. 

The couple's bodies were found in a shallow grave in a lemon grove two weeks after they disappeared on May 13, and shortly after they checked into a Murcia hotel.

The couple had an appointment to meet with a fertility physician on May 14, but when they failed to make the appointment, local authorities were alerted. Their rental car was found on a city street more than a week later.

Volunteers also plastered the walls of the city with posters appealing for information about the missing couple.

The police investigation led them to a house in Molina de Segura, a town outside Murcia, and the shallow grave nearby. 

COMMENT: It is believed that Cuenca Lorente orchestrated the couple's murder over a major business dispute. Details to follow.

Murcia is the seventh largest city in Spain, with a metropolitan population of 693,000. It is located on the Segura River, in the Southeast of the Iberian Peninsula, well known for a mild climate and relatively low precipitation.