Appeal launched to trace 34-year-old man and 4-year-old boy

Police and the Judicial Authorities are trying to trace a 34-year-old man and a 4-year-old boy. Dave De Kock and Dean Verberckmoes were last seen in the Dalstraat in the East Flemish town of Sint-Niklaas. 4-year-old Dean is the son of a couple with whom Mr De Kock is friends. Mr De Kock occasionally looks after Dean for his parents. The police and the Judicial Authorities believe that the disappearances are a cause for concern. 

A post on the Federal Police website says that the Judicial Authorities are trying to trace 34-year-old Dave De Kock and 4-year-old Dean Verberckmoes. “They were last seen on Wednesday 12 January in the Dalstraat in Sint-Niklaas. There has been no trace of them since”. Dave De Kock drives a grey Peugeot 206 with registration number 2-ACR-250.

Mr De Kock is 1.80 metres tall and of normal build. He has green eyes and short dark blond hair and a beard. It is not known what clothing he was wearing at the time of the disappearances. 

Dean is around 1 metre, 2 cm tall and of normal build. He has brown hair and brown eyes. The 4-year-old was wearing a dark blue coat with red stripes at the time of his disappearance. 

A search conducted in the Netherlands on Monday yielded no results.

Anyone with information should contact detectives via the freephone number 0800 30 300 or by email:

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