SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Police have arrested a man in connection with the rape and murder of a young woman 25 years ago after taking DNA samples from more than 100 men.
The breakthrough in the case of 19-year-old Milica van Doorn was announced on Monday morning after the family were informed at the weekend. Milica’s body was found dead in a pond in the Kogerveld area of Zaandam in June 1992.
A post-mortem examination revealed she had been raped and stabbed to death. DNA samples indicated that the killer was almost certainly a man of Turkish origin.
This year police asked 133 men from Zaandam’s Turkish community to volunteer their DNA for comparison, 126 of whom agreed. Police would not confirm if the DNA exercise had led directly to the arrest.
None of the men approached to give samples were suspects in the case, but police hoped to trace the killer through family members. Witnesses at the time said they had seen a man of Turkish appearance cycling near the spot where Milica was found.
At a press conference on Monday morning, a spokesman for the family thanked the Turkish community for taking part in the inquiry. (DutchNews)