The bodies of two Belgian girls who went missing nearly three weeks ago have been found. Police have confirmed the corpses are those of 7-year-old Stacy Lemmens and 10-year-old Nathalie Mahy. They were discovered in some water mains near a railway line in the eastern city of Liège where they disappeared on the night of June 9-10.
Police had been combing the area around the home of the only suspect. The bodies were decomposing in a way that suggested their deaths were not very recent. The man accused of abducting the girls, Abdellah Ait Oud, is being held in custody. The 38-year-old Moroccan turned himself in after hearing that police were looking for him. He has denied charges of kidnapping and confining the children. He was at the cafe near the place where the girls were playing before they went missing.
The case has gripped the country and revived fears of a repeat of the crimes committed by the paedophile Marc Dutroux. That drama began with the disappearance of two eight-year-old girls in Liège in 1995.