‘Suspected car murder and Ralf Meinema knew each other’

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The arrest of the 28-year-old man is the first concrete development in a long time in the so-called carcase murder case. The man is suspected of involvement in the death of Ralf Meinema.

Meinema’s body was found in the trunk of his car on March 31, 2017. That car was partly in the Stieltjeskanaal between Coevorden and Zandpol.

What was that again?

On March 31, 2017, the trunk of a Mercedes sticks out above the water of the Stieltjeskanaal. When officers open the trunk, they make a gruesome discovery. The body of a dead man lies in the trunk.

The man died of extreme violence. It turns out to be the then 31-year-old Ralf Meinema. Why Meinema had to be murdered is still not clear.

Auto’s

In the program Investigation Requested regular attention has been paid to the case. It became known that on the night of the murder three cars were seen at café Otten on the Europaweg between Coevorden and Schoonebeek.

One of those cars may have been the striking Mercedes by Meinema. In addition, a presumably white or light-colored Volkswagen Polo and a white or light-colored Seat Ibiza were seen. The police have always assumed that several people were involved in Meinema’s death.

Reward for the golden tip

The broadcasts requested by the investigation yielded a few tips each time. What may have played a role in this was the reward of 15,000 euros for the golden tip that was made available by the Public Prosecution Service. Later, Ralf’s parents decided to supplement this reward to 100,000 euros.

It is not known whether the 28-year-old Klazienavener was arrested following a specific tip. It is therefore not yet clear whether the tip money will be awarded to someone.

Previously arrested suspects

It is not the first time that the police have arrested a suspect in the car boot murder case. Almost a year after the murder, Hans O. from Emmen is arrested. The night before Meinema’s death, his phone was in the man’s house in the Rietlanden neighborhood.

Three months later, O. was released, but remained a suspect. It is not known what, according to the Public Prosecution Service, was his part in the trunk murder. His nephew Harm O. (26) was also arrested and was a suspect for a short time.

It seems that the intention was to sink Meinema’s car in the deep Stieltjeskanaal, but the car got caught on the shore with the towbar, so that the car was found by a passerby in the early morning of March 31. Why Meinema had to die is still a mystery, because he was not known as a criminal.

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