Dutch police: Suspect in boy's slaying detained in Spain

Jos Brech is suspected of killing the boy

Jos Brech is suspected of killing the boy

The match was established in June this year, police said, using DNA provided by relatives of the suspect, who had reported him missing in April.

Dutch investigators say they finally tracked down a man suspected of killing an 11-year-old boy in the Netherlands twenty years ago.

Brech will now be extradited to the Netherlands. His body was found the next day but his killer has never been identified.

Dutch police confirmed: "Jos B, 55, a suspect in the death of Nicky Verstappen was arrested in Spain on Sunday afternoon". Brech was found after a tip by a man who said he had spoken to Brech several times and recognized him from photographs broadcast on television.

Netherlands police said in a statement on Sunday that the suspect is now "in a Spanish jail cell" and will be extradited to the Netherlands.

After the longest-running murder hunt in Dutch history, Jos Brech was arrested at a campsite near Barcelona yesterday.

If Jos Brech denies the charges, the challenge for prosecutors will be to ensure emotion does not affect the suspect's right to a fair hearing in court.

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'The family is very relieved.

Earlier this year, over 15,000 men who lived near the place where the boy was found responded to a request for samples of their DNA, but also without success.

However Brech, who was 35 at the time of the murder, was not among the volunteers but as he was previously interviewed as a witness, police became suspicious.

When his family reported him as missing, Dutch and French police searched his cabin in the Vosges region.

One of the only pieces of evidence in the case was foreign DNA found on Nicky's clothing.

Now the prime suspect in his murder is in custody in Spain, and a European arrest warrant issued last week is expected to facilitate his return to the country where the grotesque crime was committed.

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