Investigators continue their search for missing Scottish tourist Christopher Nelson. Dec. 2, 2015 (photo: Zack Newmark / NL Times) - Credit: Investigators continue their search for missing Scottish tourist Christopher Nelson. Dec. 2, 2015 (photo: Zack Newmark / NL Times)
Wednesday, 2 December 2015 - 16:29
Body found during search for missing tourist in Amsterdam canals
Update, 7 p.m., 2 Dec. 2015: The body was positively identified as that of Chris Nelson. A dive team working in the area around the Oudeschans canal in Amsterdam centrum recovered a body late Wednesday afternoon while searching for clues connected to the disappearance of tourist Christopher Nelson. The Scotsman disappeared early Saturday morning when he left a friend's flat on Rechtboomssloot to go for a walk and clear his head. Crews on Wednesday searched that area and a stretch of the Waalseilandgracht. They had not announced a significant discovery after several hours of searching. However, the body was discovered close to 3:45 p.m., as first reported by the Parool. It is not clear if the remains are Nelson's. Sniffer dogs were led around the area on Monday. The dogs picked up his scent along the Oudeschans and at points on the Keizersbrug. Nelson was in town with his fiancée, Stefanie Kollross. They ate pizza together at about 3 a.m. before calling it a night. He reportedly sent text messages to his mother around 5 a.m. complaining of being homesick. Kollross says he had trouble sleeping and left for a walk an hour later, nothing unusual for the 24-year-old. The two live in Germany, where authorities have also been on the lookout for Nelson.