Solange Hennaert had been missing since mid-2017. Her disappearance was first noticed when she failed to turn up at her local town hall to renew her identity card. The Judicial Authorities says that it is still unclear when she was last seen in her home town of Bredene (West Flanders).
The investigation into Ms Hennaert’s disappearance started to progress when detectives started to look into the comings and goings of her son F.P. It became clear that he must have known more about her disappearance. Not least as he had continued to go and collect her pension. Last week F.P. was detained by an Examining Magistrate on suspicion of hostage taking, IT fraud and deception.
Acting on information given by the suspect a search got under way late on Monday afternoon of an area of dunes between Ostend and Bredene. Solange Hennaert’s body was found. An autopsy will look at whether she died a violent death. If this is the case her son risks life imprisonment. However, if Ms Hennaert died of natural causes and he if found had guilty of having hidden her body Ms Hennaert’s son risks a sentence of 2 years.