Body of Chris Nelson found in Amsterdam waters

Chris Nelson, missing in Amsterdam since November 15th, 2015 (Photo: Politie)Chris Nelson, missing in Amsterdam since November 15th, 2015 (Photo: Politie)

A body found in the Oudeschans canal in Amsterdam’s city center on Wednesday was positively identified as that of missing Scottish tourist Chris Nelson, police confirm. He was 24 years old. His family was notified of the discovery later that day, police said. Divers and a search team from the police and the Royal Navy found the remains at about 3:30 p.m. A boat affixed with sonar scanning equipment was used during the operation. Sniffer dogs searching the area earlier in the week picked up on Nelson’s scent, leading investigators to focus around the Oudeschans. Nelson went missing on November 15. He was last seen leaving the apartment at about 6 a.m. for a walk to clear his head, his fiancée, Stefanie Kollross, previously stated.

His family went door-to-door in the area around Rechtboomsloot asking people to keep watch for Nelson. They started a social media campaign that was picked up and sponsored by the city of Amsterdam. Nelson and Kollross lived in Germany together, and were staying with a friend on the Rechtboomsloot in Amsterdam. They came home after a night out, including a visit to nightspot Pacific Parc. They ate pizza at 3 a.m. and went to bed, but Nelson had difficulty sleeping.

He left for a walk an hour after sending "worrying” text messages to his mother, Donna Nelson. "He has been a bit homesick lately and he was missing his sisters. Him and Steffy are coming back for Christmas, and he was saying how desperate he was to get back home and see us all again,” she told the BBC last week. "The texts concerned me a little because of the time in the morning," she said.