Police have found two bodies they believe to be those of missing former Dutch national volleyball star Ingrid Visser and her partner, Lodewijk Severein, the Interior Ministry said May 27, 2013.
Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the apparent killing of the couple.
The bodies were found in a lemon grove Sunday, May 26, 2013 and "all signs indicated" they are those of Visser, 35, and her partner, Severein, 57, Joaquin Bascunana, an Interior Ministry official in the southern Murcia region of Spain, 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.
The couple was last seen May 13, 2013 when they left a hotel in Murcia, Spain. A doctor with whom they had an appointment the next day notified police when they failed to appear.
Ingrid Visser of the Netherlands (R) spikes the ball over Germany's Corina Ssuschke (L) during their second round match of the world women's volleyball championship in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture on November 10, 2010.
German Birgit Thumm (R) spikes the ball against Dutch Ingrid Visser during their pool F second round match of the women's volleyball world championships in Osaka, Nov. 8, 2006.
Photo of the Hotel El Churra in Murcia, where Dutch volleyball national team player Ingrid Visser and her partner Lodewijk Severein checked in on May 13, 2013
Men walk by a poster asking for information about the whereabouts of Dutch volleyball national team player Ingrid Visser and her partner Lodewijk Severein in Murcia on May 27, 2013.
Men stand at the lemon grove where Spanish police found two bodies, suspected to be of Dutch volleyball national team player Ingrid Visser and her partner, Lodewijk Severein, in Alquerias, near Murcia.