FORTALEZA - Brazilian police are looking for the missing Dutchman André van Rooijen (52). The man from Harmelen was last Thursday last seen in the slums of the rugged northern beach city of Fortaleza.
The local Dutch community is very worried. 'Everyone is looking for it. Andre is very popular, 'says the friendly bar owner Marco Veldhuis. 'He has never been long on the radar,' Nicholas knows Oijen, another local Dutchman.
Van Rooijen, who has been living in Fortaleza and ran until recently, a beach bar, went home Thursday morning after an argument with his young Brazilian partner Priscila Nunes (28). He was spotted that night in a favela behind the promenade (Beira Mar) and has since disappeared.
His passport and mobile phone at home, Priscila confirmed by telephone. 'He has only his clothes that day. I'm so afraid that something bad has happened, 'sobs the Brazilian with whom Van Rooijen has a daughter (1).
In addition to the local police the Dutch consulate is also involved in the search. Brazilian TV station Globo later today pays attention to the disappearance.