Missing woman found dead in Noord-Holland lake

Crime scene
Crime scene. (Photo: Politie)

The body of 48-year-old Maria de Jesus dos Santos Goncalves Santana was found in a lake on recreational area Starnmeer in Noord-Holland on Tuesday, the police said in a statement on Thursday. The 48-year-old Portuguese woman from The Hague went missing late in August.

The victim's 43-year-old partner was arrested on October 11th in connection with her disappearance.

The body was found near Kogerpolder bridge. The location came up in the police investigation over the past weeks. On Tuesday the Alkmaarder- and Uitgeester lakes were searched with the help of the National Underwater Search Team..

An autopsy will be done on Maria's body on Thursday to determine the cause of her death. 

"The police are working on the basis of trace evidence and witnesses to discover the true cause of her death", the police said in the statement. Witnesses who haven't spoken to the police yet, are called upon to come forward.