A person lay dead for some time in a room in the Dijkgraaf star-shaped block of flats. The body was discovered on Friday, 16 October. Residents smelt a strange odour and had not seen their neighbour for some time, so they phoned the building manager, who contacted the police.
The room’s occupant had lived there for eight years. Another person on the same corridor had last seen him in August. ‘He was looking rough. I was about to go on holiday and no-one else was around. So I popped round especially to ask him if everything was OK. He said that he had stomach problems.’ The neighbour can’t remember if this was the last time he saw the man. It was certainly the last time that he spoke to him.