Autopsy on girl found in Alsace creek

30th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

STRASBOURG, France, June 30 (AFP) - France was in shock Wednesday as the body of an 11-year-old girl was found in Alsace 10 days after she went missing, and the search continued for another who disappeared in the same region.

STRASBOURG, France, June 30 (AFP) - France was in shock Wednesday as the body of an 11-year-old girl was found in Alsace 10 days after she went missing, and the search continued for another who disappeared in the same region.

Medical examiners were due Wednesday to conduct an autopsy on the naked, badly decomposed body of 11-year-old Jeanne-Marie, which was found floating in a creek in Valff, a village outside the eastern city of Strasbourg, on Tuesday.

The girl's clothes, found nearby, helped police to identify the victim.

Six members of a neighbouring family have been placed under investigation and remanded into custody in connection with Jeanne-Marie's disappearance on June 18 from the village of Rhinau.

Investigators believe that the young girl was hit by a car, and say the autopsy could reveal whether she was still alive after the accident.

Two children have told police that they saw members of the family under investigation remove a body from a car in front of their home.

Brothers Georges and Balthazar Remetter, aged 34 and 16 respectively, have been placed under investigation for kidnapping followed by death. The elder brother's lawyer Eric Braun said his client has repeatedly proclaimed his innocence.

The four others are under investigation for failing to assist a person in danger and failing to report a crime.

Meanwhile, police on Wednesday continued their search for 14-year-old Julie, who went missing on June 25 from the village of Schirmeck, also located outside Strasbourg in the Alsace region.

Police found the girl's bicycle late Monday in an isolated forest, and said they were now investigating the case as a possible kidnapping.

 

© AFP

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