Wednesday, 27 November 2019
The human remains that were found in the Straatsburgdok in Antwerp last weekend are from Ben Vanleene, a 28-year-old man who went missing on 10 November, according to the Antwerp public prosecutor’s office.
Vanleene disappeared on 10 November after an Antwerp FC-Club Brugge football game. He was last seen in the area of the Slachthuislaan street, several hundred metres from the dock, reports De Standaard.
“At 6:32 PM he got out of the metro, at 6:33 PM he left the station,” said the Antwerp police, reports Het Nieuwsblad. Initially, searches in that area and in the water were unsuccessful.
Sunday around 4:45 PM, someone noticed a body part in the Straatsburgdok-Noordkaai. The public prosecutor’s office opened a judicial investigation for extensive scientific analysis. A comparative DNA test showed that the remains belonged to the missing Ben Vanleene.
How he ended up in the water is not yet clear.
The Brussels Times