The 16-year-old boy in custody for the death of 14-year-old Savannah Dekker from Bunschoten, is being charged with murder, the Public Prosecutor announced. The boy was previously charged with manslaughter, NU.nl reports.
The police are draining the Bunschoten ditch in which the body of murdered Savannah Dekker was found on June 4th. Officers are looking for the 14-year-old girl's wallet and phone, the Public Prosecutor said on Monday.
The family of murdered Savannah Dekker took out an ad in local newspaper De Bunshoter to thank the public for al their support and love in the aftermath of the 14-year-old Bunschoten girl's death. They experienced the support "as a blanket of love for us and Savannah", the family wrote.
The lawyer of the 16-year-old boy suspected in the death of 14-year-old Savannah Dekker, is pressing slander charges. The charges involve a photo of the boy appearing on Facebook with the text: "This is Savannah's killer", AD reports.
The photo appeared on social media this weekend, and was removed soon after. According to the lawyer, the police know who posted it.
Many thousands of people flocked to Bunschoten on Thursday evening to take part in a silent march for murdered 14-year-old Savannah Dekker. Savannah's family members did not join the march, because they did not feel emotionally up to it, Bunschoten Mayor Melis vn de Groep said. "Our togetherness is for the family a great hung from our loving community. Savannah always greeted everyone with a hug", he said before the march began, NU.nl reports.
A funeral for Savannah Dekker will be held in her hometown of Bunschoten on Wednesday next week.
The Bunschoten-Spakenburg police issued a warning against donating money to any fundraising campaigns for the family of Savannah Dekker, who was found killed in Bunschoten on Sunday. The 14-year-old girl's family is not aware of and hasn't approved any fundraising actions, the police write on Facebook.
"Social involvement is appreciated. However, fundraising actions for Savannah's family, are not in the name of the family. Be aware of where you donate your money."
The police are looking for witnesses in the investigation into 14-year-old Savannah Dekker's death in Bunschoten. The girl was found killed in a ditch on an industrial terrain in Bunschoten on Thursday. Investigators specifically want to talk to anyone who saw Savannah on her bicycle after she disappeared from home on Thursday, June 1st, the police said on Opsoring Verzocht on Tuesday. The bicycle was found the same day in nearby Hoogland.
A silent march will be held in Bunschoten on Thursday evening for Savannah Dekker, a 14-year-old local resident who was found killed in a ditch on industrial terrain De Kronkels on Sunday.
Savannah Dekker knew the 16-year-old boy arrested in connection with her death through social media, Bunschoten mayor Melis van de Groep said on Radio 1 Journaal. The police confirmed that both Savannah and Romy Nieuwburg were killed in crimes, though so far the cases seem to be unrelated, according to the news program.
Flags across Bunschoten are hanging at half mast today in remembrance of 14-year-old Savannah Dekker, who was found dead on an industrial terrain in the town on Sunday. Her family's church dedicated the Pentecost sermon to Savannah on Monday and her school arranged a meeting to offer support for teachers, classmates and parents.
The people who organized a search for 14-year-old Savannah Dekker in Bunschoten on Sunday, are angry at the police for not helping in the search. The police told them the action was "not necessary", initiator Angelique ter Haar said to AD. Savannah's body was found in a ditch on industrial terrain De Kronkels later that same day.
The police arrested two teenage boys during the early hours of Monday morning in connection with the deaths of 14-year-old girls Savannah Dekker and Romy Nieuwburg, the police said in a statement. At this stage te police believe the girls' deaths are unrelated and investigators are treating them as separate cases.
Fourteen year old Romy Nieuwburg from Hoevelaken, who was found dead in a watery ditch in Achterveld, Utrecht on Friday, was a lovely girl, according to friends. They describe her as "the perfect daughter and friend". Her school, J.H. Donner school in nearby De Glind, is also "devastated" by her loss, according to director Jan Hofman.
Two young girls in Bunschoten and Soest reported being chased by cars over the past days in the area where two 14-year-old girls were found dead in Bunschoten and Achterveld over the weekend. In both cases it happened while the girls were cycling in their home towns. The police are calling on local residents to keep an eye out for a black car in the area of Spakenburg and Soest, AD reports.Bunschoten, Soest, Spakenburg and Achterveld are all located no more than 20 kilometers from each other.
The body of missing 14-year-old Savannah Dekker was found on industrial terrain De Kronkels in her hometown of Bunschoten on Sunday.
Fourteen year old Savannah Dekker from Bunschoten has been missing since Thursday afternoon. The girl left home to meet classmates to work on an assignment, promised to be home for dinner, but never returned, her mother Monique tol RTV Utrecht. "Have you seen our daughter", Monique asks in a desperate post shared over 50 thousand times on Facebook.