French woman still missing for six weeks in Nepal

17th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

KATHMANDU, Oct 16 (AFP) - A French woman who went missing on September 3 near the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu remains unaccounted for despite a police search, police said Sunday.

KATHMANDU, Oct 16 (AFP) - A French woman who went missing on September 3 near the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu remains unaccounted for despite a police search, police said Sunday.

Céline Henry, a 33-year-old French teacher, was last seen in the Nagarjun jungle areas on the western outskirts of Kathmandu on September 3 but has not been seen or heard from since, said a top police official who did not wish to be named.

"Her luggage is still in the Pilgrim's Guest House (in Kathmandu) where she had stayed and her diary had mentioned a name of her tour guide," he said.

"When we approached him, the guide said he had indeed taken her on a sight-seeing tour to Bhaktapur and Lalitpur towns (in Kathmandu)," he said.

Police recovered a woman's black panties and bra and found some blood stains in the jungle during a search.

"We have sent the sample to the forensic department for investigation," he said.

"While there were marks of a body being dragged on the ground for about 100 yards (metres) and after that, they disappeared," he said.

"We used police dogs to see if we could find anyone throughout Sunday but did not find anything," he said.

"We have not yet found concrete evidence that Henry has been murdered and we cannot say anything until we recover her body," he said.

Henry had come to Nepal to do volunteer work, according to a letter sent by her friends Nicolas Vallée and Stéphanie Leexier.

"In the daytime of her disappearance, Celine let know to the desk clerk of the (Pilgrim's Guest House) hotel that she went out for a walk near Kathmandu, by saying to him: 'see you this evening'," the letter signed by Vallée and Leexier said.

"To date, she has never reappeared in the hotel and all her luggages are still there," they said.

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