Willeke Dost: search continues

Willeke DostThe search for Willeke Dost will continue. Police will start digging into an area behind the farm however, they are tight lipped and will not indicate when or why exactly that spot has been chosen to search for possible remains.

Willeke Dost was only 15 years old when she went missing. Now, she is presumed dead. In 1992, the theory was that most likely Willeke had run away but now police think that she was murdered shortly after she disappeared. They now also believe that the original crime scene is near the foster parents’ farm.

This switch in theory did not come easy. In fact, it was an uphill battle that reached the highest politicians in the country. Due to Dost’s “missing status” her case never got the priority it would have gotten if the assumption had been “possible homicide.”

Thanks to the assistance of PI Robert van Hoove, police arrested Willeke’s foster mother(66) and her son(38). However, they were released again lacking concrete evidence that they are responsible for Willeke’s death. But they did remain the main suspects. The foster father has passed away.

PI van Hoove analysed all the interviews that the foster parents gave to police and the media. He noticed their unusual remarks about Willeke. The foster parents stated that they suspected that Willeke had been the victim of a “loverboy” and that the “Bijlmer ramp” was detrimental to her.

On January 15, 1992, Willeke left her foster parents’ farm early in the morning by bike. After that, she vanished. Willeke’s biological parents died in a fatal car crash in 1976 when Willeke was an infant. She was temporarily placed with her grandmother but grew up in various foster families until in 1986; she was placed with the foster family in Koekange.

We will be monitoring the case closely so check back here at DCC for updates in this Dutch Cold Case.