Bones found in Gelderland wood are human, police confirm

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Bones found by a walker in woods near the Gelderland village of Hummelo are human, police confirmed on Thursday.

The walker called the police as soon as he spotted the bones and the area has been sealed off since Tuesday. Theo Vervelde, 73, told the Gelderlander he knew immediately that the bones were human and that he had found an id in a wallet near the body.

The id indicated the body belonged to Ger Homma, a 60-year-old man who disappeared from a homeless person’s hostel in 2010, Vervelde said. Homma is listed as missing on the website.

Forensic experts are still trying to establish how and when the victim died and to identify him. The skeleton is now being examined by experts at the Dutch forensic institute and that is likely to take three weeks. has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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