Police in Belgium Unearth 2 Bodies Near House Owned by Child Rapist

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<i> From Associated Press</i>

Authorities found the remains of two young women under a garden shed Tuesday and said they were the third and fourth victims of a deadly pornography ring.

The bodies were identified as Eefje Lambrecks, 17, and An Marchal, 20, who vanished on vacation in the North Sea resort of Ostend in August 1995, the prime minister’s office said.

Convicted child rapist Marc Dutroux--already charged in the kidnappings of two 8-year-old girls who starved to death in the basement of a home he owned--had confessed to abducting the two young women.


Police found their remains under a shed next to a house owned by Dutroux near the southern city of Charleroi. The badly decomposed bodies were taken away in caskets for autopsy.

Two abused girls were released last month from another of the houses Dutroux owned around Charleroi, prompting the search for other missing children who may have fallen victim to what police say was a gang of child pornographers.

Dutroux’s wife and a police detective are among eight others arrested in the case.

The remains found Tuesday were next to a house once occupied by Bernard Weinstein, a Frenchman believed to have been Dutroux’s accomplice. Dutroux has confessed to killing Weinstein, whose body was discovered last month.

Dutroux was released from prison in 1992 for good behavior after serving three years of a 13-year sentence for raping five young girls.