Dutch volleyball player’s body ‘found by police’

Ingrid Visser in action in 2010. Picture: Getty
Ingrid Visser in action in 2010. Picture: Getty
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POLICE in Spain have found two bodies they believe to be those of missing former Dutch national volleyball star and her partner. Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the apparent killing of the couple.

The bodies were found in a lemon grove on Sunday and “all signs indicated” they are those of Ingrid Visser, 35, and her partner, Lodewijk Severein, 57, Joaquin Bascunana, an official in the southern Murcia region, said. The corpses were buried at a shallow depth and Mr Bascunana said forensic tests were continuing.

The couple were last seen on 13 May when they left a hotel in the city of Murcia. A doctor with whom they had an appointment the next day notified police when they failed to appear.

Mr Bascunana said investigations initially led police to a house in the Murcia town of Molina de Segura where the couple was apparently killed, and the bodies were later taken to Alquerias.

Police arrested a 36-year-old Spaniard on Saturday in Valencia, about 250 miles north of Murcia. Two Romanians aged 47 and 60 were later arrested, also in Valencia, and are suspected of having carried out the killings.