Peter R. de Vries (1956 - 2021)

Misdaadverslaggever Peter R. de Vries is donderdag overleden. Dat heeft RTL Nieuws gemeld op basis van een verklaring van de familie. Hij is 64 jaar geworden en gold decennialang als een onverschrokken icoon van de Nederlandse misdaadjournalistiek. Op deze pagina: een terugblik op zijn leven.

Nicky Verstappen case

Behind the scenes, De Vries has been working on unsolved crimes for years. One of these is the investigation into the murder of 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen in 1998. De Vries has always maintained contact with Nicky's family and assisted them during the large-scale DNA kinship investigation in 2017 and during the subsequent court case against Jos B. Last year, he was sentenced by the court in Maastricht to 12.5 years in prison for, among other things, killing, abusing and kidnapping Nicky. The case is still on appeal.

Natalee Holloway case

In 2008, the crime reporter won the International Emmy Award for his reports on the disappearance of the American Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005 after a night out, and the involvement of Joran van der Sloot. De Vries discovered that Van der Sloot had lied at crucial points about the evening. Using a hidden camera, he had Van der Sloot confess in a car to Patrick van der Eem, who won Van der Sloot's trust, that he was responsible for Holloway's disappearance.

Tanja Groen case

The journalist is currently working on the cold case of the 18-year-old student Tanja Groen, where he has been acting as a confidant and spokesperson for the family since Groen went missing in 1993. De Vries initiated a tip line at the end of June where people can share tips and theories about the disappearance. He also hopes to collect a million euros through the De Gouden Tip foundation to award to the person who gives the golden tip on the disappeared Maastricht woman. The counter stands at over 238,000 euros on Tuesday evening.

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