Volleyball boss arrested over Dutch murders

A judge remanded in custody on Tuesday a Spaniard suspected in the killing of a Dutch volleyball player and her boyfriend — murders that may have been the result of a business deal gone wrong.

Volleyball boss arrested over Dutch murders
Men look at a poster asking for information about the whereabouts of Dutch volleyball national team player Ingrid Visser and her partner Lodewijk Severein in Murcia. Photo: Manuel Lorenzo/AFP

The judge in Valencia remanded 36-year-old Juan Cuenca and ex-director of volleyball CAV Murcia after questioning in a closed-door investigation into the killing of the Dutch couple, said a court official who asked not to be named.

Spanish media reported that the suspect was the former manager of a volleyball club in which the dead woman, Ingrid Visser, had played.

The bodies were found buried in a lemon grove in Murcia, southeastern Spain. Police said Monday they arrested three people, including two Romanians, in Valencia.

The court in Valencia was expected to question the two other suspects on Wednesday.

Police were waiting for the results of DNA tests to confirm whether the bodies were those of Visser, 35, and her partner Lodewijk Severein, 57.

The couple disappeared on May 13 shortly after checking into a hotel in Murcia.

The city's police chief Cirilo Duran told a press conference on Monday that they had suffered a violent death.

Spanish media, citing sources close to the investigation, reported that the two were found in a shallow grave, cut into pieces, and may have been tortured.

Duran said investigators suspected the couple had "business disagreements" with the suspects that had led to the killing.

Visser was part of the Netherlands's gold medal-winning team at the European Championship in 1995 and played for a volleyball team in Murcia between 2009 and 2011.

A spokesperson for the families, Miriam Van de Velde, has criticized Spanish media for publishing "unnecessary details" of the case, reported El Mundo newspaper on Tuesday.

This was chiefly because "the family had yet to receive official information," said the spokesperson. 

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Dutch teenage girl dies during bungee jump

A 17-year-old girl from the Netherlands fell to her death during a bungee jump in Cabezón de la Sal in Spain’s northern region of Catantabria on Monday.

Dutch teenage girl dies during bungee jump
Stock photo of a bungee jumper Photo: Eron Main /creative commons / Wikimedia

The girl who was with a group of about a dozen tourists was killed after falling 40 meters ( 131 ft) from a viaduct over the Cedeja riverbed on Monday evening, the second bungee death in Spain within a month.

Her body landed in the dry riverbed and was retrieved by the emergency services on Monday night.

It was reported that the teenager was staying with a group at a campsite in nearby Oyambre and that the jump was organized by a local adventure company.

“Apparently, she was not fully secured when she jumped,” Esther Merino, a councillor from Cabezón de la Sal, a town 50 kms (31 miles) west of Santander, told AFP about the accident Monday evening.

Local Police said the circumstances of the death were as yet unclear but suggested that bungee jumping at that point may not have been authorized.

“We had no idea that bungee jumping was carried out there where it is extremely risky,” Joaquin Gonzalez, the Local Police chief told regional newspaper El Diario Montañes.

The Foreign Ministry in the Netherlands has confirmed the death of a Dutch national in Cantabria.

In July, Londoner Kleyo De Abreu, 23, was killed during a bungee jump in Lanjaron, Granada.

Two people face charges of manslaughter over her death, the owner of an adventure company that organized the jump at the Tablate bridge and the jump supervisor.