Last Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 we, our lawyer Arthur van der Biezen and us, met with the deputy head-public prosecutor George Rasker (plaatsvervangend hoofdofficier van justitie) and public prosecutor Olav Beckers (recherceofficier) at the offices of the DA in Maastricht. At first we were somewhat hesitant in what to expect from this meeting, but our first fears were dramatically proven unjustified. The public prosecutors were respectful and they seemed to have a listening ear to our frustrations of the last 4.5 years.
Since Eline’s death we never felt that we were taken seriously by the authorities, we were rather positively surprised to learn that both Rasker and Beckers agreed to review the dossier of Eline. Today, Thursday August 21st, 2014, it was made public that this is indeed what is going to happen (statement by DA press officer Cindy Reijnders: transcript Dutch | English). Of course this does not mean the case will be re-opened, but at least people will be reviewing the dossier and these people have not seen the files before. All in all, we consider this the first step forward in the 4.5 years since Eline’s death on December 8th, 2009. As to the reasons why the DA made a 180º turn from its previous position, we can only guess. In the end we are only interested in understanding what happened on December 8th, 2009, so Tuesday was a good day for us.
With this latest development I can only thank all those people who have helped us and supported us. Most notably De Telegraaf‘s Cold Case Team, L1, SBS6’s Hart van Nederland, our lawyer Arthur van der Biezen and all our friends and family.
One step at a time.