Breaking News – Suspect held over 1998 Dutch child death

Dutch police investigating the disappearance and death of schoolboy Nicky Verstappen in 1998 say their prime suspect has been arrested in Spain.

Jos Brech was identified as a suspect after the Netherlands’ biggest ever DNA harvesting operation, which included his relatives.It gave police a vital clue linking him to DNA on Nicky Verstappen’s clothes. Extradition proceedings for the former scout master are under way.Jos B, 55, a suspect in the death of Nicky Verstappen was arrested in Spain on Sunday afternoon.

He was taken into custody and will be handed over to the Netherlands, said a statement from police in Limburg, the southern Dutch province where the boy disappeared.

The arrest follows a public appeal last week, during which detectives shared photographs of the suspect. A witness recognized the man in the photos and sent a tip-off to police.