Police get break in 1996 missing girl case

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It has taken 21 years to finally put an end to the mystery of the vanishing of Tanja Groen. Groen disappeared on the 1st of September in 1993. Now, medical draughtsman Rogier Trompert, has discovered human bones in the Gronsveld in Limburg, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.

"My wife stepped right over them, she thought they were animal bones. But because she knows that I am always interested in bones, she pointed them out: look, bones."

Trompert is astounded at the weird coincidence of his wife and himself being the ones to find the bones and put an end to the 21-year-long mystery case of Tanja Groen. They were in the area to take a bike ride with the family after dinner. They went to look at a biological pig farm in the neighborhood. Getting to the pigs meant first walking over a plot of land near the Keerderweg. There they found the bones.

Trompert's job involves making illustrations of anatomy for medical science. For this reason, he recognized the bones as human fairly quickly. He remarks that if it were any other person they may have stepped over the bones, dismissing them as animal remains.

"There were three pieces. A femur, without the cup and the knee. That was lying in two pieces, and there was a piece of fibula lying with it. I immediately called the police", Trompert tells the Algemeen Dagblad.

Agents quickly tied the discovery to the disappearance of Tanja Groen. On the night of the 31st of August and the morning of the 1st of September in 1993, Tanja went cycling from a party in the center of Maastricht to her apartment in Gronsveld, but never arrived.