Nicky Verstappen murder: Suspect Jos Brech arrested in Spain

Suspect in 1998 murder of Dutch boy arrested after mass DNA testing

Spanish authorities said Brech has accepted extradition from Spain to the Netherlands, where he is expected to face charges including murder and sexual aggression.

Verstappen's body was found a day after his disappearance close to the camp site, with authorities later confirming he had been sexually abused before his death.

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

Earlier this year, police working on the Verstappen case appealed to more than 20,000 men to donate DNA samples in a bid to close in on the perpetrator. He was identified through the dna of a family member.

Dutch detectives said the suspect's DNA matched traces on the body and clothing of Nicky Verstappen, who was found dead on August 10, 1998 near a summer camp in the Dutch countryside from which he had gone missing the previous night.

National Court Judge Carmen Lamela said Brech, who has been in Spain since March, will be remanded in custody until he is extradited.

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Brech was arrested "thanks to a witness who recognised him after seeing his picture in the media in recent days", according to a Dutch police statement issued late Sunday.

Nicky's mother Berthie Verstappen breaks down in a press conference.

Police at the time mounted a massive search closely followed by Dutch media and the public, but the killer remained on the lose - until advanced DNA testing earlier this year led officers to Brech. A DNA profile in the case was developed in 2008 using samples found on Verstappen's clothes.

When Brech - said to be a survival expert who could hide out in remote locations - disappeared from the country without saying a word to his family or friends an global arrest warrant was issued.

After being reported missing by his family in April, police examined Brech's home and found he is a 100% match for the DNA found on the schoolboy. His name didn't turn up again until his relatives handed over some of his items when they reported him missing last April.

A European-wide warrant for Brech's arrest was issued on June 12.

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