German police test 1,750 men in child murder probe

8th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

German police on Friday began a mass testing of 1,750 men, taking samples of their saliva, as part of a probe into the unsolved murder of an eight-year-old girl in Munich in 1985.

Police in Munich said the testing is expected to be completed by Sunday.

The men all lived around the area where little Michaela resided. She disappeared in June 1985 between the apartment of her grandparents and the place where her mother worked.

She was found dead a month later.

A recent re-examination of samples taken at the time has uncovered the trace of a man's DNA.

Two independent witnesses had said they saw the little girl with a man and she appeared to trust him, which could indicate that she knew him well.

Investigators hope to find the child's abductor and possible murderer among those men who lived near her home.

Police said they have ruled out that the crime was committed by a member of the family.

© 2011 AFP

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