Police are searching for the names of 22 women believed to have been murdered across Europe under mysterious circumstances.
The identities of the victims – who died 47 years ago – gave police a headache. Netherlands, Germany And Belgium bulkhead.
With many cases now cold, three countries have come together to try to identify the women.
Interpol has released details on 22 cases – the first time it has publicly shared information about unidentified bodies.
So-called black notices are usually circulated only internally within the Interpol network.
The move – dubbed Operation Identify Me – was sparked by the unsolved murder of a woman found in a wheelie bin at a Amsterdam River.
Her body was discovered in 1999 by local man Jan Meijer, who lifted the barrel out of the water on his boat.
police appreciated the crucified crate, opened it, and grisly discovered the victim’s body.
She was shot in the head and chest and part of her body was cast in cement.
Investigators believe she is probably in her 20s and is “partly Western Europe and partly Asian,” reports BBC.
Detectives struggled to identify the woman, but after hitting a dead end, forensic detective Carina Van Leeuwen and her colleagues decided to contact their counterparts in Belgium and the Netherlands. .
They discovered that they all had a list of murder cases with unidentified female victims and decided to make a list.
Interpol has now released detailed information on each of these cases. its websiteincluding 7 Belgians, 9 Dutch and 6 Germans.
In another mysterious case, a horrified passerby found two hands in the Lauriergracht canal, Amsterdam, in September 1992.
Police later found the victim’s body in a suitcase in a canal 1km away in Egelantiersgracht.
Days later, authorities discovered more body parts nearby in Prinsengracht – although her head was never found.
Police believe part of the reason they have had a hard time identifying the women is that some of them are not from the country in which they were found dead.
Carina van Leeuwen and Martin de Wit, from Dutch police, said: “Most of the 22 victims died violently, and some were also abused or starved before they died.
“In part because the women may have come from countries other than where they were found, their identities have yet to be determined.
“It is possible that their bodies were left in our country to hinder criminal investigations.”
Most of the victims are believed to be between the ages of 15 and 30 when they died between 1976 and 2019.