The police focuses on "a number of specific persons" in the investigation into the disappearance of the student Sumanta Bansi. Police spokesman Wendy Boudewijn reported this on Tuesday evening in the television program Opsporing Verzocht.
The police think that these people on the day the student disappeared, exactly two years ago, and the day after with their car "were in the vicinity of the Robbenoordbos".
"The fact that these people were there at the time makes it plausible for the police that Sumanta is buried somewhere in the nature reserve." Her body has been searched for several times in Robbenoordbos in North Holland.
During one of these searches, the police found a shovel that, it seems, has been there for two years. The object may have been brought to the surface by a magnetic fisherman. The Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) has found human traces on the shovel, and therefore the police believe that this item was used to bury the body of the young woman.
A knife has also been found, this item may also have something to do with the case. About half of the forest has now been searched, so there are more searches taking place.
VideoThat's how the search for missing Sumanta Bansi went
NU.nl was present during one of the searches in October.
Bansi studied in Amsterdam
Bansi, who came from Suriname, came to study in the Netherlands in 2016 and found shelter with a couple in Hoorn, who was friends with her family. She first chose biomedical sciences and later dentistry at the University of Amsterdam. She also did a work placement in the latter field.
However, two years ago the young woman suddenly disappeared. There has been no sign of life since: her bank card has remained unused, there are no indications that she had gone abroad, and her social media accounts remained untouched.
The shovel found has a Dutch flag by the handle. (Photo: Investigation Requested)
Bansi suddenly disappeared during pregnancy
There were already tensions before her disappearance, when she became pregnant unplanned twice. The second time the student decided to keep the child and according to her environment she was very happy with this. That is why, according to the police, suicide does not appear to be a likely scenario.
Boudewijn previously informed NU.nl that the Bansi family lives in uncertainty. A reward of 15,000 euros has been promised for the golden tip in the case.