“Murder at the castle” killer identified

The man responsible for the so-called “murder at the castle” has been identified. In January of last year a 34-year-old real estate agent was murdered in the drive way of his home in the West Flemish municipality of Wingene. After almost a year of investigation, detectives have now been able to establish who pulled the trigger.

After almost a year of investigation, detectives have now been able to establish who pulled the trigger. Their discovery is based on DNA evidence. However, the suspected murderer will never be tried, as he has since died.

The Bruges (West Flanders) judicial authorities report that a significant breakthrough has been made in the case of the murder of Stijn Saelens. DNA evidence points to the murderer having been a Dutch national who died in May of last year.

The man “lived in the area where possible suspects were being sought as part of the investigation” and was “known to the Dutch police as moving in criminal circles.”

The Bruges Judicial authorities also say that the investigation will “continue with intensity”. However, they refuse to give any further comment “in the interest of the investigation”.

Stijn Saelens (34) disappeared on 31 January 2012 from his home at Carpentier Castle in Wingene. His wife found traces of blood on the driveway. A search was launched and Mr Saelens’ remains were found on 17 February 2012 in Maria-Aalter (East Flanders).