A Massachusetts woman who was enrolled in a university located in the Netherlands was fatally wounded by a jealous stalker who she first was able to meet through Tinder according to her family.
Mieke Oort, 21 years old, an undergraduate at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences was killed in the course of the weekend in her home in Leeuwarden approximately 90 minutes away from Amsterdam.
“She was my baby sister,” Danique Oort told Boston’s ABC station WCVB. “We aren’t sure what to do about the loss of her. There was more to offer and she was full of love for all.”
The suspect in the death of Oort is a Dutchman aged 27 known to Dutch authorities by the name of Thomas R., who was taken into custody after leaving for Germany. Thomas R. and Oort were briefly friends, but he was following the woman for “some time,” an ex-boyfriend said to that the Hart van Nederland news program and added the fact that Thomas R. affixed a GPS tracker to her bicycle to keep track of where she was.
The ex-boyfriend of Oort, Michael van der Waal, told Dutch-language news outlet Boevennieuws that they were contemplating reviving their friendship that he believes could have led Thomas R. over the edge. Alongside the GPS tracker, Thomas R. began stalking her, threatening her on WhatsApp and driving around her streets according to the former lover.
“Right now, we’re just trying to process this whole situation and really say our goodbyes, and make the necessary arrangements that we’ll have to do,” Oort’s sister told me.
Oort her father, who is Dutch was a student in the year 2020. He relocated in 2020 from Winchester, Massachusetts, a town that is located about 8 miles north of Boston to pursue studies in the Netherlands. On Sunday morning, around 3:00 a.m. police were called to Oort’s residence in the building after a resident had reported an incident of fire at the address.
There was no response from Danique Oort nor Oort’s parents, Celine and Michael–who are reported to be heading to Holland to get ready for the funeral of their daughter have responded to the Daily Beast’s request for comments on Wednesday.
In the words of Boevennieuws, Thomas R. dropped an explosive device in the building, causing residents to leave. The incident left two residents aged between 25 and 30 injured, Boevennieuws reported, explaining that Thomas R. “then stabbed Mieke Oort to death with a sharp object.”
The fire was swiftly controlled, following the body of Oort was found.
Thomas R. quickly headed towards Germany in his car. He contacted their parents who own an optics shop within the city of Leek in the process. They alerted the police who found his car near border crossings with Germany. German border. German police then seized Thomas R. in Leer and he was detained at around five a.m. on Sunday.
“We are perplexed,” his parents said to the Leeuwarder Chronicle about their son’s suspected offense.
In a release to Boston Globe, Dutch police announced that they had launched “forensic and tactical investigations” and are currently interviewing witnesses. A friend from high school said to The Globe that Oort enjoyed kiteboarding, a sport that she wrote about via social networks.
“Special moments in Cape Cod and Maine,” Oort posted on Facebook in August of last year.. “Sad that summer is over with family and friends. Until next summer “
Thomas R. is now waiting for extradition to the Netherlands.