Brussels Police officer missing with his service weapon

Brussels Police officer missing with his service weapon
Frederic Gonzalez Moradiellos, the 35 year-old police officer currently reported missing. Credit: Police Fédérale.

The Federal Police in Belgium has launched a search operation for 35-year-old Frederic Gonzalez Moradiellos, a Brussels police officer thought to be in possession of his service weapon.

The police offer was reported missing from his home in the Walloon municipality of Rebecq, after he had not been seen since Tuesday when he left his home on Rue du Petit-Bruxelles at around 10:00.

The 35-year-old policeman had been assigned to the Ixelles and Brussels-Capital police zones but he recently moved to Walloon Brabant.

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His service weapon, according to information obtained by various media outlets, is currently untraceable. As a result, the case was quickly prioritised by the Public Prosecutor's Office of Walloon Brabant. 

This could be because Belgian authorities do not want a repeat of the fallout from last year's disappearance of armed far-right soldier Jürgen Conings.

A major search operation has since begun in Brussels and in Rebecq, especially in the municipality's woods and cemeteries. 

New searches are being conducted on Wednesday afternoon.

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