The police yesterday parked a car with a matrix board near the place where Lotte was found a week earlier. Everyone who had been at this place that Sunday was called upon to report.
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According to police spokeswoman Chantal Westerhoff, several people have come forward after the call. “We are very happy with that. Even people who have not seen anything can be a valuable witness for us in investigations such as this. Partly to gain a good insight into the time frame of that afternoon.”
The detective team, that code name Bateleur 21 last week requested the security images from various surrounding companies.
Chantal Westerhoff confirms this when asked. However, she does not want to comment on whether suspicious situations may have been filmed.
She does want to say that surveillance images also play an important role in large-scale criminal investigations in any case. “Even if only for drawing up a timeline.”
Accurate to the minute
At the time, such a timeline was also an important piece of evidence during the criminal trial surrounding the quadruple murder in Enschede. In that case, the Lithuania investigation team was able to make a good reconstruction of the route taken by the father and his two sons, who were sentenced to life in prison in this case, on the basis of security images – from companies and local residents, among others.
The security footage showed to the minute where the three were and that they were near the growshop, the site where the four victims were shot in November 2018, around the time of the murder.
The entrepreneurs of companies in the industrial estate Het Wendelgoor in Almelo immediately gave up the security images last week when the police requested this. “I don’t know if there is anything to see,” says the owner of a large sanitary company. “We gave the images without seeing them ourselves.”
View of location
The suspected crime scene is a stone’s throw from a large home furnisher. From this business plot there is a view of the place where Lotte’s body was later found in a ditch. “Only we do not have surveillance cameras,” said a spokesperson for this company. “Our nearest neighbor does have that equipment, but from there the place where Lotte was found is no longer visible.”
A 43-year-old father and his two sons aged 15 and 17 are being held in this case. Both sons are suspected of “involvement in the death of Lotte,” as was shown during the arraignment last Thursday, which extended the detention by two weeks. The father is attributed a less serious role in the crime. He is mainly held for further investigation.