Man found dead in Lelystad home; crime suspected

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Dutch police at the scene of a crimePhoto: twixx/DepositPhotos

A 72-year-old man was found dead in his apartment on Rode Klif in Lelystad on Sunday, the police said in a statement on Tuesday evening. Investigators believe he was murdered. A 48-year-old man from Lelystad was arrested. The police call on witnesses to come forward.

Exactly when and how the elderly man died, is not yet clear. The 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of involvement in his death.

"Multiple sources" told the Telegraaf that the suspect is former psychiatric prisoner Jan van K. He was sentenced to institutionalized psychiatric treatment for attempted murder, according to the newspaper. The police and Public Prosecutor would not confirm or deny this report.

Residents of the apartment building on Rode Klif were surprised by the news that someone had been killed, AD reports. "Monday there was police all day on the floor above me. From 5:30 in the morning already", one resident said to the newspaper. "An older man with relationship problems lived there. I don't know anything else. Nobody knows anything. It was a shock. It is not nothing that a murder was committed in the complex where you live. But I am over the shock now."