Murdered woman ID'd as Bulgarian Rotterdammer years later

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. Milena Raycheva (Picture: Belgian Police)

The identity of the woman who was found in the dunes of Zeebrugge in 2010 has puzzled the Belgian police for more than four years. Only now it has become clear that she is a Bulgarian woman from Rotterdam.

The Belgian police reported this today.

On August 17th, 2010 two kite-surfers saw three fingers with painted nails sticking up from the sand and notified the police. The police found a neat woman, with long black hair, who wore Western clothes and probably came from Eastern Europe. She had been murdered. Identifying the woman proved to be a difficult task, she had no ID card, phone or wallet on her.

After a four year long search, the Belgian police recently received a signal from Bulgaria. A woman reported that her daughter has been missing for a long time. DNA testing led to a conclusion. It turns out to be the 26 year old Milena Raycheva. She left Bulgaria in 2006 to live in Rotterdam. She has children.

The police are now looking for her killer and for people who knew the victim.

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