Bart B., a 56-year-old man suspected of the murder of his partner Miranda Zitman, claims that the woman's death was an accident. In a proforma hearing on Monday, he told the court that he found her dead at the bottom of the stairs in their home and then cut her body into pieces and hid the body parts, NU.nl reports.
A suitcase found on the banks of the Zuider IJdijk on Saturday contained the torso of a woman, the police revealed on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday. Investigators are still trying to identify the victim.
According to the police, the woman was between the ages of 20 and 50. She wore a black dress and black shirt. There are no tattoos or scars on her torso. Investigators are currently trying to match the victim to women in various missing person databases, but so far with no success.
A fisherman found a human torso in the Waal river near Brakel in Gelderland just before 10:00 p.m. on Saturday evening. The police are investigating.
"The forensic doctor's estimate is that the torso was in the water for weeks, maybe months, Frank de Valk, spokesperson for the Oost-Nederland police, said to De Gelderlander. The torso was taken to the Forensic Investigation Center in Elst, where it is being examined.
So far nothing is known about the identity of the victim, not even if it was a man or a woman. No body parts that could be connected to the torso were found.