American College Student In The Netherlands Stalked And Killed By Man She Met On Tinder
Mieke Oort’s alleged killer used a GPS tracking device to stalk her and would drive up and down the road where she lived to intimidate her.
Mieke Oort, an American student living in the Netherlands, was allegedly murdered by a man she met on Tinder. Early during the morning of Sunday, March 6, the 21-year-old student was stabbed in her apartment home in Leeuwarden, a city that's approximately 90 minutes north of Amsterdam. The killer then set her apartment on fire.
Firefighters arrived on the scene around 3:36 a.m., according to the Boston Globe. The fire was extinguished, and the young woman’s body was soon found. Two men, aged 25 and 30, were also injured in the attack.
The suspect, 27, has been identified only as Thomas R. He fled to Germany immediately after the killing, and he was arrested there just hours after Oort’s body was discovered.
Mieke Oort met her accused killer on Tinder shortly after a breakup. However, not long after the two connected on the dating app and met up in real life, she called it off. Instead, she decided to work things out with an ex-boyfriend she had previously been with for two years.
Oort’s Tinder date did not take that well, and he allegedly grew extremely jealous and started stalking her. He would drive up and down her road to intimidate her. The victim’s family told WCVB that things got so bad that the stalker put a GPS tracking device on her bike.
Danique Oort, Mieke's sister, also shared, "She had just so much more to give, and she had a lot of love for everyone. She was the sweetest, strongest woman I knew. She really just put everyone else before her. Everyone."
Mieke Oort grew up in Winchester, Massachusetts, where she graduated from Winchester High School in 2019. The next year, Oort moved to the Netherlands and began her studies in leisure and events management at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences. She planned to graduate with her bachelor’s degree in 2024.
The Oort family is struggling to cope with monumental loss, and they are going to the Netherlands to make final arrangements for Mieke.