MADRID — Police have found two bodies they believe to be those of missing former Dutch national volleyball star and her partner, the Interior Ministry said Monday. Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the apparent killing of the couple.
The bodies were found in a lemon grove Sunday and "all signs indicated" they are those of Ingrid Visser, 35, and her partner, Lodewijk Severein, 57, Joaquin Bascunana, an Interior Ministry official in the southern Murcia region, said. The corpses were buried at a shallow depth and Bascunana said forensic tests were continuing.
There were no immediate details on the cause of death or possible motives.
The couple was last seen May 13 when they left a hotel in the city of Murcia. A doctor with whom they had an appointment the next day notified police when they failed to appear.
The couple's families said police had informed them and although identification was still in progress they were shocked by the news. A poster and Internet campaign had been started in the hope of finding the couple.
Bascunana said investigations initially led police to a house in the Murcia town of Molina de Segura where the couple was apparently killed, and the bodies were later taken to Alquerias.
Police arrested a 36-year-old Spaniard on Saturday in the eastern coast city of Valencia, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of Murcia. A ministry statement Monday said two Romanians aged 47 and 60 were later arrested, also in Valencia, and are suspected of having carried out the killings.
Visser holds the record number of appearances – more than 500 – for the Dutch team. She played for local team CAV Murcia from 2010-2012.
Associated Press writer Mike Corder contributed to this report from Amsterdam.