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On July 16, 1995, the remains of a man were found on the Razende Bol, a sandbank near Den Helder. A few days later parts of a sailing yacht were found. Investigations into the clothing and parts of the sailboat that were found lead to the suspicion that the man may have come from a Scandinavian country. However, another Western country is not excluded.

Seiko brand watch, type Alarm chronograph. The watch is provided with number 553978. Produced and sold in Sweden.

Colored jacket found in the sailboat.
Red pants from the brand “Converse”
Blue sweater “Stinson”
Blue linen shoes, “Gitano”, size 41/42. The shoes have a green border and white sole. On the top of the right shoe was a square, which has been repaired.
The sailing yacht found was approximately 7.00 meters long and 1.60 meters wide.
White mainsail with the following letter and number combination in black: “1 HB”


In the summer of 1995, a dead man was found washed up on an uninhabited sandbank in the Netherlands. Now, 25 years later, the Dutch police have been able to identify the man as Hans, a 59-year-old man from Sundsvall at the time of his death. When the dead man and his boat were found in July 1995, the Dutch police could not identify him. There were no reports of missing persons and the police for a long time tried to identify him by his belongings: details of the boat, the sail, his clothing and the fire extinguisher on board, to no avail. The man was buried anonymously in a cemetery in Den Helder, not far from the place where he was found. None of the more than 100 tips that reached the police led to his identity. After it was determined that the men’s watch was intended for the Swedish market and that a label in its pants was Swedish-made, the Swedish media was contacted this summer with a request. When the search for the man was published, a Swedish woman contacted the detectives and said she thought it could be her uncle, Hans. Investigators contacted the man’s two adult daughters and, using a DNA test, it was determined that he was their father, a 59-year-old man from Sundsvall at the time of his death. According to Dutch police John Welzenbagh, who worked on the case for six years, the daughters were happy and grateful to receive an answer.
“All these years they lived in uncertainty about what happened to their father, about why he stopped responding to their contact attempts. For various reasons they did not report him missing in Sweden,” said John Welzenbagh in a police press release. in the Netherlands. The daughters are now considering fetching their father and burying him in Sweden this spring.

  • Date found: July 16, 1995
  • Place found: Den Helder, Netherlands
  • Race: Caucasian. The man may have come from a Scandinavian country. However, another Western country is not excluded.
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: Adult
  • Height: Unknown
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Eye Color: Unknown
  • Hair Color: Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks: He may have had a tattoo on the top of his left hand.
  • Estimated Date of Dead: Unknown
  • Clothing: Blue sweater “Stinson”, with a white trim on the sleeves of the upper arms and on the label in the neck an image of a swan and the text “fashion for men”. White shirt with long sleeves “Churchill Made in UK”. Blue jeans, size 48, with the text “100% Bomull” on the label. White underpants “Luigi”. Blue linen shoes, “Gitano”, size 41/42. The shoes have a green border and white sole. On the top of the right shoe was a square, which has been repaired.
  • The following clothing was found in the wreckage of the sailboat: Colored jacket. Red pants from the brand “Converse”.
  • Jewelry: The body was found with a watch by the Seiko brand, type Alarm chronograph. The watch is provided with number 553978. It is striking that a cord is attached to the watch to prevent loss. Research has shown that the watch was produced and sold in Sweden.
  • Personal Items: A “Rock” key was found in the right back pocket of the trousers. The sailing yacht found was approximately 7.00 meters long and 1.60 meters wide. Various goods were found with the sailing yacht, including: a white mainsail with the following letter and number combination in black: “1 HB”. Furthermore, the hood of a motor of the Yamaha brand was found, the yacht may have an outboard motor of this brand.
  • Dentals: Unknown
  • Fingerprints: Unknown
  • DNA: Unknown
If you have any information please contact
  • Agency: Politie Nederland
  • Phone Number: +31 34 357 8844
  • Case Number: 15113564
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